Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus
The Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus (OGMC) is a 70-member adult community music organization. Now in its twentieth season, the ensemble has garnered acclaim in the greater Bay Area for excellence in music making and diverse programming. Chorus members come from all walks of life, and the mission of the organization is to foster an inclusive and joyful community for gay, bi, trans, and straight singers of the tenor or bass range. Through music, the chorus strives to increase social justice and cultural enrichment.
Active in performing a wide range of music, the Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus presents concerts of traditional choral repertoire to musical theatre and popular songs. In the last two seasons, the chorus has commissioned new works from composers Gabriela Lena Frank and Jack Curtis Dubowsky. In Spring 2019, the chorus will perform a new piece by celebrated composer Dominick DiOrio to commemorate the chorus’s 20th anniversary. Known for an ability to connect directly with audiences, OGMC produces three concerts annually and performs multiple outreach concerts to thousands of people each year.
Founded by esteemed chorus director Dick Kramer, a pioneer in the movement of choral music as a proponent of social justice issues, the Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus is currently under the director of William Sauerland, a former member of Chanticleer, and who recently completed a doctorate of education at Teachers College, Columbia University. For more information about the Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus: www.oaklandgmc.org.