The Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir is an American volunteer mixed-gender community vocal arts project and workshop series dedicated to the study and performance of traditional polyphonic music from the Republic of Georgia, Lazona, and neighboring Black Sea and Caucasus regions. The Choir is directed by Kristine Barrett. 


The Spring 2018 workshop series details:

  • DATES: Eight Sunday sessions, 7pm-9pm, January 14-March 4, 2018
  • DIRECTED BY: Kristine Barrett & Briget Boyle
  • LOCATION: First Congregational Church, Choir Room, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland 
  • ADDITIONAL WORKSHOP SESSIONS: May 20 & two TBD sessions in June (including including a masterclass with Ketevan Mindorashvili from Georgia's Zedashe Ensemble
  • COST: $200 for the entire series. ($150 for low income participants.)
  • Participation in the choir is by audition or invitation only. If interested, please contact us here


Persons interested in auditioning should send raw a cappella audio (mp3) or video recordings (online links) of 1-2 vocal pieces showcasing the singer's ability and range along with a brief description of their singing background. Persons must be able to strongly maintain pitch, hold one's part, learn material by ear, take musical direction. Previous experience singing Georgian music is not necessary. All genders and ages are welcome.

Please send audition materials here with a note indicating your interest in the Temple of Light Georgian Community Choir.


For successful auditionees, Kristine Barrett will send details and password for registration at the link below.

Secure link (password required) for registration here.



Kristine Barrett is a multimedia artist, composer and vocalist specializing in traditional music from Eastern Europe, the British Isles, and Northern Europe. Hailing from a long line of folk and classical farmer musicians from the American Midwest and Sweden, her musical career spans rock, early music, experimental new music, and folk. After completing a double BFA in Photography/New Media and Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute, Kristine went on to study composition with Tony Conrad at SUNY Buffalo and the legendary Fred Frith at Mills College, where she received a MFA in Electronic Music Composition and Recording Media in 2006. She has since released four full-length albums, two EPs, and appeared on several compilation albums.  


ABOUT Briget Boyle

 Photographer:  April Renae

Photographer: April Renae

Briget Boyle is a singer-songwriter and guitar player based in Oakland, CA. With training in fields as diverse as Balkan folk singing, African drum and dance, Swedish massage, and theatre tech, Briget sang with Kitka for eight years, and was also lead singer and percussionist for the Balkan band Brass Menažeri for nine years. She currently performs with True Life Trio, an innovative vocal ensemble that explores music from the Balkans and the Americas, and has just released her first solo album, The Parts Interior.