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).
After a successful first year, People's Choir is excited to embark on a new and innovative new path - our fall semester will be led by THREE different conductors who will be with the choir for residencies of four weeks each. Our singers are excited to work with three amazing leaders.
Director Residencies, Fall 2019
First residency: 9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24 - Joe Lim
Second residency: 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22 - Sid Quinsaat
Third residency: 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19 - Bryan S. Dyer
Director-In-Residence, September 2019
Joe Lim, now in his sixteenth year as a music educator, is Director of Vocal Music Studies at Pinole Valley High School. He has taught both instrumental and vocal music in kindergarten through twelfth grade and has worked with adult choirs.
Mr. Lim served as both the Artistic Director and Director of Vocal Music for the Contra Costa School of Performing Arts in Walnut Creek. As a piano accompanist and associate director, he's worked closely with the founding artistic directors of some of the Bay Area’s prominent children’s choirs, such as Ken Abrams (Danville Girls Chorus), Kevin Fox (Pacific Boychoir Academy), and Bee Chow (Cantabella Children’s Chorus). He now studies voice with renowned Filipino composer and conductor, George Hernandez.
From young singers and amateur instrumentalists to highly-trained professional musicians, Mr. Lim enjoys collaborating with a wide range of artists. He's sung with the Philippine Saringhimig Singers, NovAntiqua, played trombone in jazz and symphonic bands, and has directed pit orchestras for many school musical productions. When he's not busy making music, Mr. Lim enjoys traveling with his wife, Vivian, and playing "papa" to their two furry babies.
Director-In-Residence, October 2019
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.
Bryan S. Dyer
Director-In-Residence, November 2019
Bryan S. Dyer is a multi-talented musician who not only sings but plays and teaches several instruments including bass guitar, percussion and piano; writes and arranges music, conducts choirs and groups, and works in television, radio and film.
A veteran of some of the Bay Area’s top vocal groups including Street Sounds, SoVoSo, Slammin All Body Band, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir and CHELLE! and Friends, he also performs with The Funk Revival Orchestra, Rankin Scroo and Ginger, Juke Joint, and the percussion and dance ensemble Crosspulse. For several years, Bryan led the gospel choir at Camp Cazadero, and was also a choir director at Beebe Memorial Cathedral in Oakland for nine years.
His musical experiences have taken him around the globe and to many legendary stages including the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Lincoln Center in New York. Mr. Dyer's talents have landed him alongside such artist as Al Green, Bobby McFerrin, Michael McDonald, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, to name a few. He is also a member of The Recording Academy and a voting member of The Grammy Awards.
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.