Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus

Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus

Oakland, CA, USA

Artistic Director

Dr. Ben Riggs

Executive Director


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Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus began in September of 1999 when Dick Kramer set up a booth at East Bay Pride (Oakland) and recruited members to create a gay men’s chorus for the East Bay. The chorus made its first public appearance the following December at a meeting of The Lavender Seniors in San Leandro.  Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus solidified under the umbrella organization Pacific Center for Human Growth, and created a 3 concert season (Spring, East Bay Pride, Holiday). In January 2006, Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus became independent and acquired its very own 501(c)(3) status. 
Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus takes pride in having a voice that reaches deep into the community.
We have shared the stage with The Oakland Youth Chorus, The Lesbian/Gay of San Francisco, Chorus, Opus Q, Voices-A Lesbian Ensemble, The Silicon Valley Gay Men’s Chorus, The Women’s Rainbow Chorus, SDK (formerly the Bear-a-Tones), Out On A Clef and small ensembles from SFGMC.  The Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus has raised funds and donated concert proceeds to numerous community organizations including Lavender Seniors of the East Bay, P-FLAG Napa Chapter, The Rainbow Community Center, The Lighthouse Community Center, The Center for AIDS Services, The Pacific Center for Human Growth, Women’s Cancer Resource Center, Adopt A Special Kid (AASK), and Alameda Meals on Wheels.
Oakland  Gay Men’s Chorus is proud of the work its members do and of the contribution they make to the East Bay community as well as to the Greater Bay Area.

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