About the SF Bach Choir

The San Francisco Bach Choir has been an important part of the Bay Area’s cultural life for the past seven decades. The oldest continuing community choir in the western United States, SFBC played a major role in establishing choral music as a serious art form in Northern California while introducing thousands to the great works of J.S. Bach. The choir has performed most of the major works of choral literature, including J.S. Bach masterpieces such as the Mass in B Minor, the St. John Passion, the St. Matthew Passion, and numerous motets and cantatas. The choir now focuses not only on the music of Bach, but on polychoral music from the rich German choral tradition spanning the late 16th to 18th centuries and has performed many works in this early antiphonal style. Under the leadership of new director Magen Solomon, the choir continues this tradition and launches a new era of musical discovery.

The San Francisco Bach Choir’s membership of approximately seventy singers allows us to perform works that vary choir composition both in size and in numbers of parts. Our repertoire often employs multiple choirs, arranged in antiphonal formation throughout the performance space and has included works for up to as many as 40 different parts. The chamber choir Concentus, is drawn from the full choir and performs works requiring a smaller ensemble of singers.

The San Francisco Bach Choir performs with many renowned vocal soloists and its own period orchestra and chamber consort.

Members

Sopranos

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

Altos

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

Tenors

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

Basses

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

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.

Repertoire

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.