Melanie DeMore: Someone Worth Knowing

by Dean Ebesu, SFBC Board Member The first thing you experience meeting Melanie DeMore is the warmth, joy, and optimism that she gives easily and freely. Her energy invigorates. Her style of speaking with you a blast of fresh air. And that was over video … I can only imagine that an in-person meeting would be all that and more. … Read More

The History of SFBC’s Christmas Concerts

The Bach Choir’s tradition of singing the Christmas concert in the dark with candles, surrounding our audience and inviting them to join with us in song, has been part of the San Francisco Christmas celebrations for 30 years. SFBC Board of Directors member and singer Judy Stone interviewed fellow choristers to illuminate the 85-year history of SFBC Christmas concerts. The … Read More

SFBC Carpoolers: Creating Community on the Move

For the past four decades, SFBC singers Judy Stone and Laurie Olsen have driven to SFBC rehearsals in a carpool.  For Yi Liu-Polczynski, Louis Lao and Jane English, their carpool is only a few years old. Both carpools started by happenstance at choir rehearsal.  What started as a way to get into the car-pool lane on the Bay Bridge has … Read More

Meet Chris Wemp

SFBC is thrilled to welcome Chris Wemp as our new Assistant to the Artistic Director! We are excited to have Chris working with our singers, starting in our 2020-2021 season. We caught up with Chris to learn about his connection to choral music and how he’s sustained his musical practice during the pandemic. Chris directs and coaches intergenerational music ensembles … Read More

Meet Keith Terry: Even During COVID, The Beat Goes On

SFBC board member Dean Ebesu spoke with Keith Terry, founder of Crosspulse and the International Body Music Festival. Keith has led several fantastic workshops at our annual Many Voices, One Art Choral Festival. Learn about Keith’s musical background and history, his sense of adventure and love of travel, and how he’s staying hopeful during this time of COVID.  Register here … Read More

Composer Jean Ahn on “Roasted Chestnuts”

Your new piece, Roasted Chestnuts, was commissioned by SFBC and is being premiered at our December concert. How did you approach writing for SFBC and this particular concert? When Magen told me that the concert is about the winter solstice, I immediately thought of Roasted Chestnuts, one of the most cozy Korean folk songs we have. The Korean winter is … Read More