Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, founded in 1982, offers children throughout San Francisco’s East Bay an outstanding program of choral training and performance. In addition to innovative new music projects, commissions, and premieres, the Choir has established itself as a leading force in international choral activities, with far-reaching collaborations, high marks in competitions world-wide, and the establishment of the Golden Gate International Children’s and Youth Choral Festival.
The Piedmont Choir has earned grand prizes, first prizes, and gold medals at competitions across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Most recently, the Choir won three first prizes as well as the Grand Prix Award at the International Youth Music Festival in Bratislava, Slovakia. In 2011, Geary led his group to a first prize for Contemporary Music at the Kathaumixw Choral Festival in British Columbia. In 2008, the Choir was the only choir to win three gold medals at Grand Prix St. Petersburg (Russia) Choral Festival. In 2003, Geary led the Choir to a special award for the highest score among equal voice choirs at the International Competition of Choral Singing in Gorizia, Italy; and in 2000, the Choir earned first prize in Contemporary Music at the Choral Olympics in Linz, Austria.
The Choir has commissioned and premiered dozens of new works by living composers, and regularly collaborates with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Choral Society and the Mark Morris Dance Company.
Robert Geary, founding Artistic Director of the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, the Golden Gate International Choral Festival, and Volti, also serves as Artistic Director of the San Francisco Choral Society. His multi-dimensional commitment to the choral arts over the past thirty-five years has led him and his choirs to national and international prominence. He received awards for Outstanding Conductorial Achievement in Giessen Germany and Artistic Interpretation from the Miedzyzdroje Festival in Poland.