OTV Insignia Oakland Turnverein Gemischter Chor

When it comes time to describing the fondness for singing by the German people, there is just no easy way to begin.  Whenever a significant number of German speaking people gather, all one needs to do is hum a few bars of a familiar refrain, and let the German love for music take its course.    German singing ranges from the familiar drinking songs to Wagnerian opera; from songs about nature to songs about love; from hearty and robust to light and soft.

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The OTV Choir in Stockton at the yearly Pacific Sängerbund Kommers

Traditionally, German choirs are composed of male voice only (Männerchor), female voices only (Damenchor), and choirs of men and women (Gemischter Chor).   In Oakland, three times per month on a Wednesday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the Oakland Turnverein Gemischter Chor meets for an evening of singing and comeraderie.   Each year, they put on two major concerts: Spring Concert (Frühlingskonzert), and Christmas Concert (Weihnachtskonzert.)

If you are interested in joining the choir, you can stop by the Bjornson Hall (2258 MacArthur Blvd) in Oakland some Wednesday evening.   Visitors are always welcome. Please call for rehersal dates.

For further information, you can call Christine Beam at (510) 653-6564 or send an e-mail: christinebeam@yahoo.com.

Rehearsals: Three Wednesdays per month, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Bjornson Hall, 2258 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland.
New singers are always welcome. Please call for rehersal dates.
Musical Director: Dietrich Erbelding

William (Bill) Smith, President.
Barbara Clement, Vice President.
Uschi Mahlstedt, Treasurer.
Edeltraut Kalder, Music Secretary.
Barbara Fronk, Financial Secretary
Kathy Rubin, Protocol Secretary

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