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Brenda Bailey Powell
Meliney E. Brooks
Amy Clark
Leola Clark
Heather Figueroa
Mary Ford Tia Ford
Nicolia Gooding Jennifer Grace Lynne Gurewitz
Asha Howard
Grace Kamau
Ani Lee
Maria Long
Linda Mack
Teresa Mack
Tory Mathieson
Frances Messano
Kellie Morlock
Valeria Scott                 
Alexa Shelley Jennifer G. Shelton
Sophie Speer Cathy Warren      



Ashley Anderson
Isa S. Chu
Annette Coffey
Madeline Cohen Liz Colt
Lindsay K. Elam
Cheryl Espinosa-Jones
Deirdre Fogarty
Danielle Furman Sophie Gardner
Cheryl Garner Kat Guido-Respicio
Katherine Harry Sharon Hymes-Offord
Jennifer Little
Stephanie Miller
Emily Neigel
Julianne Pearson
Farley Walker
Becky Watson
Kate Weinstein
Danielle White Debra Williams Loretta Winchester



Jeff Bellaire
Don Bonner
Michael Callahan
Cyril Drame
Aaron Draper
Renee EB-Walton
Don Gossette Joseph Hawkins
Lara Hermanson
Gene Ho Gracie Jones
Ryoko Kobayashi
Tessa Loehwing  
Manuel Mendoza
Daniel Pinkham
Carl Resnikoff
Jeff Stange
Daniel Strauss
Oky Sulistio



Arthur Barker Jeff Benson Paul Daniels
Jim Fisher
Larry Gaines
Jim Hooper
Jason Horlador
Jeff Landau Jack Mahan Bernadette McDonald
David Page
James Powell
Benjamin Schleifer   






Miles Lathan - Drums

Louis Burrell - Keys

Ben Heveroh - Keys

David Belove - Bass



oakland interfaith gospel Choir
Audition process & frequently asked questions

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir! To learn more about our non-audition community choir that rehearses generally once a month, and performs 4 to 5 times a year, please visit:

General auditions are in February

When are auditions?

Auditions are generally held in February and are conducted by appointment only. Stay connected by signing up for our email list and connect with us on Facebook or Instagram where we will also be making audition announcements.

what does the audition consist of?

You will be asked to sing one song of your choice, gospel or secular. You may sing a cappella, or you may bring music and our pianist will accompany you. You will also be asked to sing scales and intervals, which will first be played for you on the piano. Your vocal range will also be measured.

Is Experience Necessary?

OIGC is a volunteer choir with professional standards, but experience is not necessary. The Director is looking for a certain degree of skill, however, as well as voices that satisfy the musical needs of the choir.

Participants should also:

  • have the ability to stand for long periods of time (sets can run from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours without a break)

  • have the ability to quickly navigate stairs and stages that may not have accommodations for people with limited mobility

  • understand that performance schedule and call-times can be physically demanding (multiple performances back to back, early morning call-times, etc.)

do I have to read music?

No. Most of our music is taught by ear. Occasionally, sheet music will be utilized, but the ability to read music is not mandatory.

Do I need any special equipment?

Because most of our music is taught by ear, an audio recording device is essential. Also, a notebook and pen or pencil is helpful to take notes during rehearsal.

what kinds of songs does the choir sing?

Our mission is to inspire joy and unity among all people through black gospel and spiritual music traditions. We sing black gospel music, including spirituals; traditional, contemporary and original gospel music; gospelized Christmas tunes and classics.

How often does the choir rehearse?

The choir rehearses every Monday evening, 7pm to 10pm. The Choir is on break usually for a month in July or August, and for a few weeks December/January.

How much does it cost?

Membership dues are $25 a month for 11 months. Dues for members in introductory status is $12.50. After introductory status, members are responsible for paying for their uniform (approximately $400-$450) which includes, but not limited to, robes, formal uniform attire (suit/bowtie OR uniform dress and jacket), and uniform t-shirts. Members are also responsible for other personal attire such as black pants, shoes, socks, etc. Limited scholarships are available for members who may have financial difficulty.

does the choir travel?

YES! We have traveled throughout the United States to cities such as Charleston, New Orleans and Seattle. We have also performed in Canada, Australia, Europe, and Israel. Members usually pay their own way with a subsidy provided through the Choir’s fundraising efforts.

what happens if I pass the audition?

Successful completion of the audition is at the sole discretion of the Musical Director, taking the musical needs of the choir into account. Successful completion of an audition grants the applicant introductory membership in the choir which lasts for 3 months, or if needed, at the discretion of the Artistic Director. Introductory members are expected to attend all rehearsals and all public performances.