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 Fall 2017 workshop series details:

  • DATES: Ten Sunday sessions, 7pm-9pm, August 27 - November 5 (excluding 9/3 & 10/15) 
  • LOCATION: First Congregational Church Choir Room, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland 
  • PERFORMANCE: There will be a final recital at the Omni Commons in Oakland on Sunday, November 12, time TBD
  • COST: $150-$200 sliding scale for the entire series
  • 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

Kristine Barrett


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.