Berkeley Festival of Choro 2021 

Berkeley Festival of Choro 2021 celebrates the contributions of women to Brazilian music and the choro style.  In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the US, we invite these outstanding composers, performers, producers and collaborators to share their talents and visions for our festival.  The festival was originally planned for October 2020 but necessarily rescheduled to an online format due to COVID-19.  

This year's festival was a great success!  A great thank you to our technical directors, Felipe Senna and Celso Alberti, as well as videographer, Lucas Weglinksi, without whom this festival could not have happened.

Festival concerts are available!!

Both concerts are available on the Berkeley Choro Ensemble - YouTube channel.  Please subscribe to our channel to get new updates.

Youth Choro Workshop, April 15th at 3pm with Roberta Valente and

Alexandre Ribeiro.  Open to all middle school and high school students.

See the activities page for more info.

Pioneer Women Composers of Brazil

Read Daniella Thompson's recent article on two of Brazil's best known women composers, Chiquinha Gonzaga and Carolina Cardoso de Menezes. Composition by these two prolific women composers will be featured in this year's choro festival celebration of women in Brazilian music.

We want to thank Berkeley Civic Arts Grant program for awarding us a grant to make this possible. 

The online festival features two streaming concerts by our artists in various formats and combinations.  We will also present a student ensemble directed by Zack Pitt-Smith, and a free online workshop for East Bay student musicians.  


We are pleased to announce our highlight video of the 2019 festival.  Please enjoy the video by clicking HERE.

A big thanks to the generous support of Intermusic SF Musical Grant Program.

The Berkeley Festival of Choro is a

fiscally sponsored affiliate of Intermusic SF

This years livestreamed festival of

Choro are free , but please consider making a donation.  

April 13 concert

April 12 concert