For young and old; rich and poor;
skilled and novice;
parent, child and everyone in between!
People’s Choir is a non-auditioned, fee-free, open ensemble, where people of all ages and all backgrounds can learn to sing together.
We aim to make enjoyable choral singing accessible to ALL.
Join us any Tuesday evening, September-May, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Irvington Presbyterian Church (map).
Sid Quinsaat is a dedicated and passionate choral conductor currently serving as the Director of Choirs at Piedmont High School. Sid’s love for singing and music has given them opportunities to make music with a wide variety of people throughout the SF Bay.
Sid truly believes in the power of music to heal and make peace. It encourages people to be vulnerable and to be their true selves, while simultaneously listening to others, ensuring that their voices work together to create more beauty in the world. This belief propelled Sid into work that they believed would help make a positive impact.
Their first job 5 years in the area was for the Sierra Club to helping to raise money to stop deforestation in Northern California. After that first summer in Oakland, Sid began working for the Oakland Youth Chorus where they would remain for the next three years, teaching music and working with students from Kindergarten through Middle School all throughout Oakland. Afterwards Sid began directing choirs and musicals at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, which led them to opportunities at St. Ignatius in SF, and ultimately Piedmont High School. Sid continues to sing in the San Francisco Choral Artists and studies voice with James Toland, and is so grateful to be doing the thing they love the most for work.
About the Choir
Commonly Asked Questions
Do I need to be able to read music?
No. All the songs are taught by rote.
I don't know what voice type I am.
All are invited, sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses. If you don't know what these are, or you're not sure what category you fall into, come and our director will help you find out.
I'm not sure I have a "good" voice. Can I still sing?
First of all, you have a great voice - you just need to learn how to use it. Second of all, singing in a choir you will find that anyone can contribute to the group sound, even you!
What is the fee to join?
People's Choir is completely fee-free, thanks to our wonderful donors. If you want to support this unique choir, please visit our support page.
What repertoire does the choir sing?
The choir sings a wide range of styles, from ancient European tunes that have been preserved for centuries to contemporary American tunes. We sing music from African, South-America, Asia... anywhere where there are humans. Our music is performed in a non-sectarian environment.