Faculty and Staff

Robert Geary,
Founding Artistic Director

Conductor of Ensemble and Ancora

For 33 years as founding Artistic Director, Robert Geary has put the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir in the musical vanguard through his determined advocacy of new music. Commissions, premieres, recordings of innovative and demanding new works by today’s leading composers and collaborations with domestic and international arts organizations have led to national and international renown.

Under his direction, in addition to winning many international competition prizes, PEBCC has the distinction of being the only children's choir from the U.S. to ever win a first prize at the Choral Olympics or World Choir Games. Geary and PEBCC have performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Russia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Croatia, Serbia, and most recently, Spain.  

Geary also founded the professional new music vocal ensemble Volti in 1979 and he has been the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Choral Society for the past 21 years.  His choirs have performed at the Oregon Bach Festival, the Newport Music Festival, with Oakland Ballet, San Francisco Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Oakland East Bay Symphony; and for the national conferences of Chorus America, the American Choral Directors Association, the College Music Society, and the Organization of American Kodály Educators.

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