Board of Directors

The Lesbian/Gay Chorus of SF invites community members to celebrate our great work and inspire other leaders by serving on the LGCSF Board of Directors.

The Chorus enriches and inspires the greater LGBT community to live lives filled with laughter, joy and authenticity through music. The Chorus seeks individuals from San Francisco’s music, philanthropy, business, and arts communities as candidates for its board of directors. The board includes singing chorus members as well as supporting members.

Basic responsibilities of the board include participation in a monthly meeting, working within committees, and seeking financial support from events, sponsorships, grants and donations. LGCSF is an independent 501c3 non-profit organization. To learn more about our board of directors, email

Service on our board of directors begins through election by the chorus membership or appointment by the board. Board members serve two-year terms with half of the board up for re-election each fall.

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Current Board Members


Rachel Pokorny, President

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 Rachel Pokorny is honored to bring a decade of professional choral management to the Lesbian Gay Chorus of San Francisco. She has served on the Board for four years. Having experienced first-hand the community, activism and musical excellence of a boldly-identified chorus, she looks forward to helping LGCSF grow for another 35 years.

Dale Danley, Secretary / Treasurer

Dale joined the LGCSF board of directors in 2009. Dale sings in the bass section of LGCSF and has performed with LGCSF at GALA chorus festivals in Miami and Denver. Before finding a musical home at LGCSF, Dale sang with several local choruses. Dale is active in community organizing within the North of Panhandle neighborhood and is a former member of the board of directors of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. He studied Public Health at UC Berkeley, and has worked in clinical research and grantmaking.

June Bonacich

June Bonacich is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied Composition with Elinor Armer. She now teaches musicianship and composition in the pre-college division of the Conservatory. She has been playing percussion with the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom band for 5 years and also plays percussion and second violin with the Community Women’s Orchestra (CWO0 in Oakland. She has had orchestral works performed by CWO as well as the Oakland Youth Orchestra. Her Concerto for Bassoon Quartet will be premiered by CWO on May 17 of this coming year. June is also an occasional playwright/ “Group Therapy”, a musical that she wrote for the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, was performed in San Francisco and at the Gay Games in Chicago in 2005. She lives in San Francisco with her wife Joselle Monarchi and their five cats and one dog. They have a human son and one grandchild.

Martha Merchant

Martha joined the LGCSF board of directors in 2013, almost as soon as she became as singing member of the chorus. Before moving to the Bay Area, Martha was an active singing member of the Twin Cities Women’s Choir in Minneapolis, and she came to San Francisco hoping to find a similar strong singing community. She was pleased to find LGCSF to be just that kind of home, and sings happily here.

Janice Ann Placido

Janice is a personal concierge, specializing in business admin projects and event planning. A chorus singer since junior high school, Janice joined LGCSF in 2010 because she missed the camaraderie, singing beautiful music, and performing. She joined the Membership Committee soon after, serving for 4 years before becoming a Board Member in 2014. When she’s not swimming through emails and juggling client projects, Janice cooks in high heels, drives fast cars, travels to tropical places, and embarrasses herself at karaoke bars.

Joe Wicht

Joe Wicht is a local musician and composer.  While most frequently seen and heard at Martuni’s where he hosts Piano Bar 101 (on Mondays) and Sing-Along Saturdays, he also co-produces the Cabaret Showcase Showdown and is a fervent champion of new and emerging cabaret artists in the Bay Area.

Van Mares

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Maggie Beaumier

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William Sauerland, Artistic Director

San Francisco-based countertenor and educator, William Sauerland enjoys a varied career of teaching, singing, and conducting. Mr. Sauerland is currently the Artistic and Music Director of the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, Director of Vocal Music at Lick-Wilmerding High School, and Associate Music Director of the Grammy Award-winning Pacific Boychoir Academy.Mr. Sauerland has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Recital appearances in the United Kingdom have included St. George’s at Hanover Square for the London Handel Festival, the concert series at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and a special concert for His Royal Highness Prince Charles at St. James’s Palace. For two seasons he was a member of the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble, Chanticleer, and performed in over 150 concerts in many of the world’s most prestigious music venues, including the Vienna Musikverein, the Concertgebouw, Tokyo Opera House, and Disney Hall. He has performed twice on NBC’s Today Show, numerous times on National Public Radio, and recorded two albums with Chanticleer for Warner Classics™.Recently Mr. Sauerland made solo debut appearances with the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the American Bach Soloists, and the Oakland-East Bay Symphony.  For his performance with OEBS, the San Francisco Chronicle provided, “Countertenor William Sauerland delivered a fluid, sumptuously shaped account of the aria Esurientes implevit bonis, with limpid tone and astonishing eloquence.”Mr. Sauerland received a Master’s degree in Advanced Vocal Performance from the Royal College of Music, under the auspices of a Marshall Scholarship. In collaboration with Professor Audrey Luna of Miami University, his current research focuses on kinesthetic exercises for teaching healthy singing in the voice studio and choral classroom.