Who Are We?
East Bay Harmony is an a cappella chorus of women and men that offers an opportunity to all to experience the joy of singing in harmony with others, learn and improve musical skills, and promote music in a warm, welcoming community. With no auditions required, EBH embraces popular music as a source of enjoyment and connection that can be shared by all, regardless of background or musical experience. For more information about EBH membership, download our membership guide (in PDF format).
Our members have varied levels of vocal experience, ranging from professionals to complete beginners. We come from all over the Bay Area, from San Francisco to Marin, Richmond, Emeryville, Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, Lafayette and Moraga, and further. Our emphasis is on improving our musical skills and fostering fellowship through song. In addition, we perform at senior citizens' homes, schools, Bay Area events, and our annual spring Friends and Family concert.
Our repertoire includes doo-wop, pop, folk, and R&B tunes, jazz, Broadway standards, and the occasional madrigal. We have also sung Bulgarian, South African, and Spanish songs. For example, our most recent concert featured arrangements of:
- Bottom of the River (Delta Rae)
- Eleanor Rigby (Beatles)
- Good Vibrations (Beach Boys)
- Gøta (The Real Group)
- I Got Rhythm (George & Ira Gershwin)
- Just the Way You Are / Just a Dream (from Pitch Perfect)
- Mr. Blue Sky (Electric Light Orchestra)
- Muppet Show Theme (Jim Henson)
- One-Note Samba (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
- Seven Bridges Road (The Eagles)
- Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
- The Way You Do the Things You Do (Smokey Robinson)
About Our Director
Mark Bernfield has been music director of East Bay Harmony since 2001. When not working with EBH, Mark teaches 5th-8th grade general music at Redwood Day School in Oakland, where he also directs ensembles (jazz band, rock bands, chorus) and acts as musical director for the annual RDS musical theater production. As a professional drummer, Mark has performed and recorded with a variety of Bay Area jazz, blues, R&B and rock bands, and maintains a busy private drum teaching practice. Mark graduated cum laude in Music (classical voice performance) from UC San Diego, and studied drums at Berklee College of Music in Boston. More about Mark at http://www.markbernfield.com.