Board Members

Kay Ellyard, Feldenkrais Instructor
Julie Fryckman, Health Services Leader, retired
Ignacio Dayrit, Architect and Urban Planner
Vice President
David Flack, IT Consultant
Margaret Riesen, Chef / Caterer
Ellen Rosenfield, Lecturer, UC Berkeley, GSI Teaching and Resource Center
Joel A. Biatch, Attorney
Hester Bradbury, School Administrator, retired
Jerry Freiwirth, Oil Refinery Worker, retired
Veronika Fukson, Horticulture Educator, University Lecturer, retired
Janet Hack, Secondary school teacher and college counselor, retired
Manon Johnson, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management at École Bilingue de Berkeley
Susan Londerville, Physician, retired
Kathy Paxson
Christopher P. ‘Kit’ Ratcliff, Principal Architect and Chairman of the Board, Ratcliff Architects
Martha Richards
Richard Shapiro

The BCCO Board of Directors is in charge of organizing all aspects of chorus life, including rehearsals, concerts, and extra programs, such as the Fall singers’ retreat and other workshops. We also discuss and approve the musical repertoire, in collaboration with the Music Director. Board members are elected from among chorus members by the Board according to procedures laid out in BCCO’s Bylaws. 

The Board approves the BCCO budget and sets the compensation for the Music Director and the Chorus Manager as well as our rehearsal accompanists, soloists, and orchestra members. An ongoing, major Board effort is raising the funds  that allow BCCO to offer free concerts to the public.

Board members have generally been singing with the chorus for some time and have demonstrated enthusiasm for and commitment to BCCO in multiple ways. In addition, Board members frequently contribute a certain expertise to the organization. The Board is committed to cultivating the extraordinary volunteer spirit that keeps BCCO running smoothly. We endeavor to make our processes transparent, and we always welcome ideas and suggestions from chorus members and audience. 

Regular meetings of the BCCO Board of Directors are open to all chorus members. Meetings usually take place on the fourth Thursday of the month, from August through May. Meetings begin at 7:00 PM, and are held at the home of a Director.

Board meeting agendas are posted in advance of a meeting in the members section  of the BCCO web site.

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