Berkeley Women’s Community Chorus


“Taking Flight”

Thursdays, January 25 – April 18, 2024, 7-9 pm
Tuesday, April 23, 7-9:30 pm
Thursday, APRIL 25, 7-10 pm
Saturday, April 27 9:30 am-12:30 pm, venue TBA

Concert: April 28, 4 pm

all at Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley 94707

The happy heart runs with the river, floats on the air,
lifts to the music, soars with the eagle, hopes with the prayer.
Maya Angelou

Hello dear singers,

I hope that you will join me for my last term as director of the Berkeley Women’s Community Chorus. I would like to do our top hits from the past 10 years, and if you have a request let me know. Music in My Mother’s House, some movements of Vivaldi’s Gloria (originally written for women), and Ola Gjeilo’s Song of the Universal are on the list. What a great and challenging (Covid!) 10 years it has been. You have been a wonderful part of my life. I recently did this painting based on a dream that I had just before our first concert–jumping off a cliff into a new adventure. And so I close with this same dream.

Lovingly, Deb Golata


Debra Golata & Jacqueline Anderson, both experienced singers and teachers, will be presenters.
Rehearsals will be on YouTube for later watching.
Fee: $175 plus $20 for music/handouts. That’s only $12/hour – a bargain!


Please try to register or let Deb know of your interest by January 12.

To register:
register online (you can pay by check or credit card)
print this PDF form and mail it in
(please do one or the other, not both)

Music Director: Debra Golata

BACKGROUND OF THE WOMEN’S CHORUS: In response to the overwhelming interest in Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra, which has a full membership, a new women’s chorus was developed, directed by Debra Golata. The repertoire is classically based but also includes selections from world music and jazz standards. We hold to the high standards of BCCO–singing in 2 to 4 part harmony, in a variety of languages with development of vocal and musical skills.

DIRECTOR DEBRA GOLATA received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in choral conducting from San Jose State University.  She has studied modern and flamenco dance, acting, and classical voice in San Francisco, New York City and Santiago de Compostela, Spain.  Her vocal performance experience includes solo recitals, opera, musicals, and professional choral singing. She sang with the acclaimed Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Chorale for 15 years, and she has concertized throughout the United States and Mexico with classical guitarist Jon Harris.  For Oakland’s Rockridge Chorale she performed as vocal soloist in India and England and has served as accompanist, assistant conductor and vocal coach for the San Francisco Lyric Chorus.  She is organist and music director at Northbrae Community Church in Berkeley and teaches private voice and piano lessons, as well as general music classes for schools in the Bay Area.

JACQUELINE ANDERSEN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, has worked with Debra Golata and the BWCC since its inception. Her background in voice includes musical theatre, opera, art song and choral works. She has taught voice/piano for over 30 years, is the Cantor and Soprano Soloist for Northbrae Community Church, has her B.A./M.A. in Music, and studied at BerkeleyRep School of Theatre and Studio A.C.T. She has performed with Woodminster, TheatreWorks, and other local musical theatre companies.

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