Welcome to the Bay Choral Guild

The Bay Choral Guild is a 40-voice, auditioned chorus based in Palo Alto with singers from around the Bay Area. BCG's outstanding musical ensemble and rich repertoire are the foundation for innovative programs that bring works together in new and unusual ways. Our concerts offer both audiences and singers the opportunity to enjoy fresh and exciting choral music experiences, and balance enjoyment of the music with new insight and understanding.

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Our audiences say

"Pro-level singing ensemble. Was like listening to KDFC-FM, but with the people actually in the same room. I kept waiting to hear Hoyt Smith intone, "That was the Bay Choral Guild... performing..."

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The Natural World June 5, 6, 7

BCG’s June concert, The Natural World, focuses on a wide range of subjects found in nature: birds, flowers, animals, butterflies, and water. Our featured work, Water, Making Everything New, by Sanford Dole, is based on the poem “He Na Tye Woman” by Paula Gunn Allen, a poet of Native American ancestry. Also included are Lauridsen’s Les Chansons des Roses, Orlando Gibbons’ The Silver Swan, Charles Stanford’s The Bluebird, and Delius’ To be sung of a summer night on the water. We also explore a day in the life of an ant with Departmental, composed by Robert A. M Ross, from a poem by Robert Frost. Scored for SATB with rollicking four-hand piano, it’s engaging, humorous, and great fun! Our finale – Leonard Bernstein’s Make our Garden Grow from Candide.


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