The San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir

“The incomparable sound of many voices unified in tone and spirit”

The Choir

SFBACC was founded in 1978 and sings under the direction of Ofer dal Lal, who was named the choir’s Music Director in June 2017. Since its origin, the choir has been highly acclaimed for its sensitive and exciting performances of extremely varied and demanding literature.

2016-2017 Concert Season

We hope to see you in the fall.  We kick off our 2016-2017 season with concerts on November 19-20, 2016

We are extremely happy to be collaborating with organist Rodney Gehrke for our Fall 2016 concerts: “Dew from Heaven.” The concerts explore sacred music for voices and organ from the 17th to the 21st century. The first half of the program includes two chorale motets from 19th century Germany: Felix Mendelssohn’s “Aus tiefer Noth schrei ich zu dir” and Johannes Brahms’s “O Heiland reiss die Himmel auf.” Both works reveal the two composers’ familiarity with the German chorale tradition and their extensive study of the music of their predecessors, especially the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. The second half of the program explores music from the Anglican tradition, with works by Orlando Gibbons, Henry Purcell, and Charles Villers Stanford. The program also includes Arvo Pärt’s tranquil, still (nearly motionless) setting of a couple of verses from the Latin Pentecostal hymn “Veni creator spiritus” that call upon the Creator Spirit to “guide our minds with light and inflame our hearts with love.” In addition to accompanying the choir, Mr. Gehrke will play a chorale prelude by J.S. Bach and C.V. Stanford’s prelude on Gibbons’s “The Angels’ Song.”

April 2017 Concert

Pianist Susan Soehner joins us for our Spring 2017 concerts. The featured work on the program will be Morten Lauridsen’s “Mid-Winter Songs” on poems by Robert Graves. We’ll also perform works by Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, Rich Campbell, Johannes Brahms, and Gabriel Fauré, including Fauré’s beautiful “Pavane.”


Are you an experienced choral singer in the Bay Area who’s looking for a friendly choral home where you have the opportunity to perform challenging music for appreciative audiences?

The choir “delivered up harmonies that were so lush they buzzed and burred in the high arched hall, a testament to their careful tuning and balance.”

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