The oratorio opens with an oblique reference to the Old Testament, the God in Genesis … [Read More...]
Welcome to StoryChorus
Community storytelling for the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra
At StoryChorus, you will find anecdotes, stories, photos, music and musings contributed by the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra and its extended “family.” Begun in 2016 to celebrate BCCO’s 50th anniversary, StoryChorus captures memories, experiences, and observations of those who share our musical journey: past and present singers, orchestra members, music staff, soloists, and our loyal audience.
Support BCCO as it sings through its next half-century!
Now in its 52nd season of joyful rehearsals, breathtaking choral masterpieces, a loyal community of singers, growing audiences, dynamic performances, an outstanding orchestra, thrilling soloists, gifted young assistant conductors, highly successful composer competitions, a tradition of free concerts and of welcoming singers of all levels of experience, with no auditions. Founded in 1966 by Eugene Jones — the first African American conductor of a large Bay Area chorus and orchestra — BCCO choristers sing with deep commitment to community and an understanding of the power of music and the arts to create a better world. Help us keep singing for another 50 years!
New from the BCCO Community
My grandmother, Charlotte Demuth Williams, was born in 1880 and grew up … [Read More...]
In preparing to sing Mendelssohn’s St. Paul Oratorio, I embarked upon a project to … [Read More...]
One of the first profiles on StoryChorus was Christian Fritze's Buy Me Some Peanuts … [Read More...]
In an article in the Berkeley Daily Planet about BCCO's performance of Britten's War … [Read More...]
In January 2018, the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra presented, for the … [Read More...]