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 concerts.
Our repertoire has included 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. This year we are rehearsing arrangements of:
- Blackbird (Beatles)
- Can’t Stop the Feeling (Justin Timberlake)
- Gonna Get Over You (Sara Bareilles)
- Happy Together (Turtles)
- Love Shack (B-52's)
- Man in the Mirror (Michael Jackson)
- Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton)
- Under Pressure (Queen/David Bowie)
- We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For (Sweet Honey in the Rock)
About Our Director
Mark Bernfield has been music director of East Bay Harmony since 2001. When not working with EBH, Mark teaches 6th–8th grade general music at Redwood Day School in Oakland, where he also directs the RDS Jazz Band and four rock bands. He has been musical director for nine musical theater productions at RDS, and wrote all the music and lyrics for two full-length original musicals. As a professional drummer, Mark performs with various Bay Area jazz, funk, 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.