Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir
Robert Geary, Artistic Director
For more than 30 years as the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir’s Artistic Director, Robert Geary has developed a relationship with PEBCC, its students and the community it serves that is unique and profound in the world of choral music today. Refusing only to explore historical music, Geary puts the Choir on the musical vanguard through his determined advocacy of “new music,” commissions, premieres, and recordings of innovative and demanding new works by today’s leading composers. He instills in his singers the qualities of intellectual and technical focus, discipline, and long-term commitment. Recordings of Geary’s choirs can be found on Harmonia Mundi, Koch International, Swiss International Radio and Innova. Geary also founded the new music chamber choir Volti and is the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Choral Society. Under his direction, PEBCC has the distinction of receiving the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming an unparalleled three times. Geary and PEBCC have performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Italy, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Russia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Maylasia, Singapore, Croatia and Serbia. The Choir has performed at the Oregon Bach Festival, the Newport Music Festival, with Oakland Ballet, San Francisco Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Oakland East Bay Symphony; and for the national conferences of Chorus America, the American Choral Directors Association, the Organization of American Kodaly Educators and the College Music Society. PEBCC has been heard on National Public Radio, BBC Radio, on various television stations, and in film scores.
Sue Bohlin, Associate Conductor of the Performing department, enjoys a busy career as an accompanist, conductor, composer, arranger, adjudicator, and vocal coach. A music performance graduate of the Music Conservatory at University of the Pacific, she had a professional career as an oboist for several years and was a music director and performer with George Coates Performance Works Theater for a decade. Ms. Bohlin has worked with numerous Bay Area arts organizations and performed on stages throughout the world. Since 1984, she has worked extensively with artistic director Robert Geary’s professional choir Volti and the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir. Ms. Bohlin is a recipient of PEBCC’s prestigious Founder’s Award. Her choral pieces are published by Alliance Music and Santa Barbara Music Publishers, and her new work You Can Fly was recently premiered by San Jose’s Vivace Youth Choir.