Laney College offers a variety of ensembles below.

Students learn the art of playing both modern and traditional music on Chinese instruments. Speaking Mandarin is not required. Concerts on and off campus showcase the extraordinary talent of students and faculty.

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Spring 24:

  • Vielle Prière Bouddhique (Old Buddhist Prayer) by Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
  • Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda by Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
  • Lenten Motets by John Reager (2024)
  • Rindu Illah by Hendra Agustian (Islamic praise hymn from Indonesia, 2005)

Course options for choir:

  • 125, 128, 146 (all repeatable for a max of 4 semesters each)
  • 225A-D, 234 A-D (non-repeatable, take each letter once for 8 more semesters)


The Laney College Choir, also known as Oakland City Chorus, provides opportunity for members of our community to sing a rich mixture of choral masterpieces and world music with no dues or membership fees except enrollment in a 1- unit class at Laney College (Music 125, 128, 146, 225 A-D, or 234 A-D). Dedicated to promoting choral excellence in the greater Oakland area, OCC is an outgrowth of the Laney College Choir, founded in 2004.

We perform a wide variety of repertoire including Classical Music, World Music, Spirituals, and New Music. We have sung in Farsi, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, Spanish, Ukrainian, Xhosa, and many languages. Recent concerts have featured major works by Bach, Beethoven, Boulanger, Brahms, Britten, Coleridge-Taylor, Fauré, Handel, Ives, Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, Mozart, Oliveras, Poulenc, Ramirez, Schubert, Stravinsky, Vivaldi, and others, including living Bay Area composers.

Oakland City Chorus is also a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote choral excellence in the greater East Bay Area.

Students placed in small groups (combos) perform both standards and modern Jazz tunes. Students must be able to play their own instrument as determined by audition.

Jazz Orchestra, also known as Big Band, the Jazz Orchestra performs large arrangements in a variety of styles, from standards to modern. Students must be able to play their own instrument as determined by audition.

Study and performance of music for Western Symphony Orchestra. Students must be able to play their own instrument as determined by audition.

The Pop Music Ensemble at Laney began as a club created by students with Victor Siu as the faculty advisor. It wasn’t long before it grew into a popular class quickly gaining interest among the student body. The class offers a chance to dabble in a wide variety of pop music genres covering everything from pop music of the 1950’s to current radio and streaming hits. The Pop Music Ensemble is one of the most requested groups when live entertainment is needed on the Laney Campus and within the Peralta College District.

Chinese Music Ensemble
Pop Music Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble


John Reager

John Reager
Department Chair (Chorus and Orchestra)

Victor Siu

Victor Siu
Faculty (Chinese Orchestra and Small Ensemble and Pop Music Ensemble)

Charles Gurke

Charlie Gurke
Faculty (Jazz Combos and Jazz Orchestra)