BCCO is powered by tremendous energy from a dedicated community — from multitudes of volunteers working behind the scenes to our loyal audience, from the Chamber singers who sing at local events to our orchestra members. Our extended community has grown with the recent creation of the new Women’s Community Chorus. Learn about the BCCO community here — including our unflagging sense of humor and favorite recipes.
My Grandmother and Mendelssohn- In 1897, my grandmother, Charlotte Demuth Williams, a seventeen-year-old young woman from a small town in Ohio, who had not begun her study of violin until she was twelve, was given the singular honor of playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto at the 50th anniversary celebration of the composer’s death.
‘One hand for the boat’—remembering Betty Pigford- Memories of Betty Pigford, longtime BCCO alto, board member, and force of nature.
Remembering Liz Raymer, a BCCO force of nature- Liz Raymer said: "I sing because it gives me incredible joy." For more than 20 years, singing with Liz Raymer brought many of us in the chorus joy.
Waterways: Out-takes on the Alexander Nevsky Cantata- Prokofiev’s Nevsky cantata expresses in music and text the Russians’ attachment to its country’s rivers as well as its lakes as markers of history and cultural identity.
Bill Beahrs, Bass — a community tribute- Please share your reflections, stories, photos about Bill Beahrs to create a community tribute to our long-time singing friend.
Here’s to Life! — Berkeley Women’s Community Chorus Concert Video- Here's to Life is the spring 2016 concert of the Berkeley Women's Community Chorus under direction of Music Director Debra Golata
A Tribute to Mildred Kaplan- For singer and benefactor Mildred Kaplan, BCCO embodied the best of music and community.
Singing for Jack- Singing my way through grief.
Vienna Masterclass with Manolo Cagnin- A most joyous morning, singing in Vienna
Collaborating with the San Francisco Girls Chorus- Why a girl's chorus instead of the traditional boy's choir for Britten's Requiem? Here are some thoughts.
Here’s to Life: the Berkeley Women’s Community Chorus, Spring 2016 Concert- The Berkeley Women’s Community Chorus, an affiliate of BCCO under the musical direction of Debra Golata, performed its spring concert, Here's to Life, on Sunday, April 24.
My first semester and the origin of “Tenor Power!”- My first semester and the origin of "Tenor Power!"
Vance George: musical workout at the All-Day- Vance George once again challenged us to be our very best.
Lachry-Most-Ads: memories of ad campaigns past- The Rogier Songbook includes many useful selections, such as this one, written to encourage ads in spring 2015.
BCCO Volunteers put the “C” in Community- From setting up rehearsal chairs to coordinating all-day rehearsals, 82% or 183 of our 223 chorus members volunteer to keep BCCO running.
BCCO in Europe, June 2013- I joined BCCO in the fall of 2013, right after the summer tour to Europe. Recently I was made aware of the efforts of Tenor Rhishi Limaye, who at the time of the tour, had created a blog titled “BCCO in Europe: Singing Mozart and Dvorak in their lands’. So to stir up some excitement […]
Chamber Chorus sings “Acapella” with Oakland Ballet- the Chamber Chorus in a brief demo of the small ensemble's power, as it gets ready for a unique collaboration with the Oakland Ballet, an evening of dance programmed to acapella singing
Beauty in Prague: a farewell to Marilyn- A special photo of Marilyn in Prague, from the 2013 tour.
Learning to sing in motion on BART- Rehearsing my music on BART
The Power of Singing in Community- Soprano Becky Tracy talks about the power of singing in BCCO's choral community.
BCCO as a Life Resource- Berkeley Community Chorus creates a powerful network of concern that extends far beyond the cooperation developed as we blend together to create beautiful music.
John Fattaruso’s Extensive Collection of Early BCCO Concerts- What John Fattaruso started is the foundation for a permanent and ongoing collection of BCCO materials to be preserved for current and future generations at The Hargrove Library at UC Berkeley.
Rita Dichtel on starting with BCCO- Rita talks about her first BCCO experiences with Eugene Jones.
Wish BCCO a Happy Birthday!- An online guest book for our 50th anniversary concerts! Wish BCCO a happy 50th birthday, and share your thoughts and memories about singing, the chorus, and the concert.
Coincidence on a rainy day- What can happen when you volunteer
The Unexpected…- Hearing the solo melody sung in the youthful but refreshingly plaintive way during the first two concerts was captivating.
Why We Sing in a Chorus- Why Singing in a Chorus is so much more than just singing...
Interrupted by Romance…- As Eugene Jones directed from the stage below, his rich solo baritone voice would embrace the hall.
Carole’s Singing History- I moved to the Bay Area in 1966 and a co-worker introduced me to a musical group directed by a man with the most beautiful bass voice. I have had the privilege of singing under the direction of all three conductors.
Glory of the Dance—Berkeley Women’s Community Chorus performance- Berkeley Women's Community Chorus presented their fall concert on Sunday, Glory of the Dance. And enjoy a video of the processional, Hine Mah Tov.
The Right Place- A new member finds that he has come to the right place.
Ceremony of Carols: photo report on the community sing- What a wonderful event and such beautiful music! It was the first time I’d sung or heard the Ceremony of Carols. The San Francisco Girls Chorus was also spectacular, singing Britten’s setting of the Psalm. I’ve posted some of the photos that Patti and I took in a slide show. If you have more, add […]
A Tribute to Gene Jones- Gene Jones: the spirit of BCCO
Kickoff Picnic for BCCO’s 50th Anniversary Year!- BCCO's 50th Anniversary Kickoff Picnic brought chorus members together for food and music under the redwoods. The event honored the late Connie Reyes, alto.
BCCO Board Meetings — a sketch- A sketch of BCCO Board meetings by tenor Pam Miller
Berkeley City Council honors BCCO- BCCO was honored by the Berkeley City Council on October 27, 2015 — and responded by leading all in the chambers in Finlandia.
How I Backed into BCCO- Alto Karen Davison talks about her journey to BCCO, and how she found herself so involved with the chorus.
Singing in our BCCO concerts- A few words about the experience of singing together in our concerts
Heart and Dove T-Shirts for the England Tour- BCCO soprano Mary Borders describes the creation of heart and dove t-shirts for a chorus tour of England.
Reflections on Deb Golata- Reflections on Deb Golata's musical accomplishments and rich association with BCCO and BWCC by her voice student and friend, Arianna Comyns
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack…- Betty Pigford and Jim Demlet were waving at the camera, sporting gloves in the stands on a cool evening.
Ode to Joe- Ode to Joe , with lyrics by Mary Rogier, celebrates the special relationship between Maestro Joe Liebling and the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra.
BCCO sets record for concert set up- When we performed at St. Joseph the Worker Church, setting up for concerts was a marathon. BCCO volunteers (and friends and family) did it all.