Summer 2021 singing with BCCO

Registration is open!

Our summer program is described below, including important information about tuition and scores. If you’d like to register, follow the link to registration at the bottom of this page.

Works by Johannes Brahms. Featured work: Gesang der Parzen (Song of Fates). We’ll also rehearse Liebeslieder Walzer nos. 5, 8, 11 and Waldesnacht (Op. 62 no. 3)

Mondays at 6:45pm PDT
June 7 – 14 – 21 – 28

Quilt Songs: Women Weaving the Fabric of Life. A work in five moments inspired by the quilts of Kay McCarthy, composed by Carol Barnett (1949-), Ysaÿe Barnwell (1946-), Gabriela Lena Frank (1972-), Libby Larsen (1950-), and Alice Parker (1925-). Quilt Songs was commissioned in 2015 by Minnesota’s Vocal Essence chorus. They’ve published a booklet of Composer’s Notes accompanied by images of the quilts and poems that inspired each movement, linked here.

Mondays at 6:45 pm PDT
August 2 – 9 – 16 – 23

  • Practice Tracks (coming soon)

Rehearsal format

6:45 – 7:30 Vocal exercises & warmup, ear training, music analysis, etc.
7:30 – 8:45 Rehearsing the featured works
8:45 – 9:xx Easy sight-singing and popular songs

These are virtual Zoom rehearsals. Join for the full evenings or just for the segments that appeal.


Each rehearsal series is four Mondays and costs $30. You can register for just the June/Brahms series for $30, just the August/Quilt Songs series for $30, or both for $60. If you’d like to sing both series, we’d be happy for you to register for both now, but you’re welcome to register just for June to start and come back to register for the August series later.

Sheet music

All of the works performed this summer are available as PDFs that will be emailed to singers. In addition, we will make paper scores available for singers who want them. The Brahms scores in June are about 30 pages. The Brahms PDFs are free and the paper scores are $2.50. If you want a paper score, then you must register by May 27 to be included in our print run. Printed scores will be available for pick-up at the home of a singer in Berkeley during the week before rehearsals begin. The Quilt Songs scores for August are about 24 pages. Quilt Songs is still under copyright, so the PDFs are $7.50 and the paper scores are $12.50. You must register by July 15 to order a Quilt Songs paper score for pick-up in Berkeley. If you live outside the Bay Area, please choose the PDFs. We will not mail paper scores.

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