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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"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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Our March program features the world premiere of Songs of Isaiah, composed by BCG Artistic Director Sanford Dole, and the second in BCG’s year-long series of commissioned works. This three-movement work sets texts from the Biblical book of Isaiah – Surely it is God who saves me, Seek the Lord while he wills to be found, and Arise, shine, for your light has come. A string orchestra and a harp provide accompaniment for this upbeat composition.

We will also perform works by two Baroque masters and exciting new music from two English composers. Representing the Baroque are J. S. Bach’s sublime a cappella Motet #1, Singet dem Herrn, and Giovanni Pergolesi’s joyous Magnificat, also with the string orchestra.

If you have attended recent BCG concerts you will recognize the name of modern English composer Paul Mealor. We will perform his lovely Stabat Mater, a meditation on the death of Jesus. And we finish the concert with Ave Maris Stella by award-winning Cecilia McDowall, also based in London.


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