Artistic Staff

William Sauerland, Artistic and Music 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.


Paul G. McCurdy, Assistant Music Director and Pianist



Paul G. McCurdy is an accompanist and coach for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory and Adult Extension Divisions. He performs regularly with the Lestat Trio (piano, clarinet, and viola) and other instrumentalists and vocalists and works with a wide range of organizations, including Lamplighters, Lick-Wilmerding High School, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, the Marin Girls Chorus, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and Woodminster Summer Musicals. He studied music at the University of Georgia and holds degrees in anthropology and German. Teachers and mentors include Jane Bailey, Jeannine Morrison, George Mann, and Richard Rogers.






Joie Rey Cohen, MFA, Operations Manager


Joie Rey Cohen is a San Francisco-based visual artist who earned an MFA in Creative Inquiry/Interdisciplinary Art with a focus on Visual Memoir and Interdisciplinary Teaching Practices from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a BA in Humanities with a focus on Gender Studies from New College of California. Joie is the current Manager of Social Media, Marketing and Photography for the iconic Britex Fabrics in Union Square, San Francisco. Joie has worked on social media, photography, website design and has produced fundraiser events for small business owners, galleries, artists, authors and non-profits in the Bay Area since 2001, and has been published locally and nationally, both in print and online. Joie has also shown visual artwork on three continents, in over 10 cities. Joie is a huge fan of Broadway Musicals, and values the intersections of music and community. Joie is dedicated to preserving the arts, specifically within LGBTQ+ communities, and has been volunteering within those communities for the last three decades. Joie enjoys knitting, hand sewing clip on bow ties, and people watching in local coffee shops with their dog Ruby Jo Jo.