About the SF Bach Choir

The San Francisco Bach Choir is an auditioned volunteer choir providing the Bay Area with exceptional concerts, singing music of all periods but focused particularly on the music of J.S. Bach, his contemporaries, and predecessors. Founded in 1936, it is one of the oldest continuously performing community choirs in the western United States. The Choir uses a historically informed approach, period instruments, and professional instrumentalists and soloists.

Guest Artists

The San Francisco Bach Choir includes many renowned vocalists and other artists in its performances. The concert pages list which artists will be present for a given concert.


The Bach Choir’s repertoire includes the great choral masterworks—especially those of J.S. Bach—along with lesser-known multi-choir works from the 16th and 17th centuries that became a vital part of the Bach Choir’s special niche during the tenure of late director David Babbitt. The choir’s repertoire has also included the works of later composers ranging from Johannes Brahms to Samuel Barber and Benjamin Britten.



Abigail Farrell
Axelle Heems
Carol Henri
Christine Dukey
Deborah Underwood
Didi Boring
Geneviève Duboscq
Hallie Holtzman
Jane English
Jane Gitschier
Joan Curry
Kelsey Menehan
Lisa Sargent
Mary Vogt
Maura Church
Pam Peirce
Pamela Magers
Rita Freimanis
Ruby Pleasure
Sally Nielsen
Serena Weitershausen
Tricia Bell
Yoshika Asada


Alexandra Amati
Barbara Livermore
Barbara Paschke
Beate Klein
Beatrice Girard
Carol Douglass
Debra Schoenberg
Elizabeth Onodera
Erika Peterkin
Frances Lee
Jayne Chang
Judy Goldstein
Judy Stone
Karlyn Ward
Kathleen Leones
Kathy Perl
Laurie Olsen
Lindsey Beaven
Mahala Bundy
Maria Meyer
Martha Westland
Polly Adema
Sue Bethke
Susan Taylor
Sylvia Braselmann
Tippi MacKenzie
Yi Liu-Polczynski


Aaron Bailey
Alexander Cooper
Anton Krukowski
Robert Coote
Conway Tan
Éamonn McManus
Glenn Stover
John Allmen
Ken Pasternak
Laura Leibowitz
Mark Davis
Michael Kim
Michael Ogrinc
Patrick Hosfield
Sierra Gegenheimer
Stacy Flaherty


Bill Bethke
Dave Sheehan
Douglas Pleasure
Jack Miller
James Thomassen
Jameson McBride
Ken Grant
Louis Lao
Michael Jordin
Michael Kaulkin
Michael Yuann
Neal Snyder
Paul Gerken
Reginald Hsu
Scott Stauffer
Timothy Smith
Vance Maverick
William Scott