Bridging the gap

In medieval music, a lacuna is a gap or missing section in a particular manuscript. Under the artistic direction of Sven Edward OlbashLacuna Arts bridges the gap between large community choirs and small professional choruses in the San Francisco Bay Area. We believe that the process of rehearsing serious music is fun, and that performing at a high level of excellence is its own reward.


lacuna 3This a cappella chorus  of  24–32 balanced voices is divided into two SATB choirs to tackle some of the more demanding 8-part choral literature. Repertoire for the 2015–2016 season includes Rheinberger’s Mass in E-flat for double choir and modern works by Pärt, Górecki, Howells, and Persichetti.

Our smaller chamber group Ensemble encourages individual responsibility with as few as 3–4 voices per part. Repertoire for the 2015–2016 season includes Victoria’s Missa Ave maris stella, Poulenc motets, and secular part songs by Herzogenberg, Britten, Finzi, and Schoenberg.

Rehearsals are Monday evenings in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco.


For those wanting to learn more about reading music, vocal technique, and performance practice, we offer a number of choral workshops throughout the year. Workshops do not require an audition and are open to the public. Participating in one of our workshops is a great way to supplement your choral singing experience or to prepare for an audition.