The Distaff Singers
is an Oakland based community chorus comprised of women from around the Bay Area. Founded in 1937, the organization was established for the enjoyment and enrichment of its members and to benefit youth music programs in the Bay Area. We share camaraderie, friendships, and a love of music. Our repertoire includes a variety of music styles including classical, folk, contemporary, jazz, pop, and traditional songs from cultures around the world. We're committed to performing a high quality sound and have fun entertaining our audiences. To benefit youth music programs, Distaff Singers holds an annual benefit concert. With our concert, we raise funds to help provide music education grants for young people in Alameda-Berkeley-Oakland East Bay communities. Proceeds from our annual benefit concert go to the Ida Altenbach Scholarship Fund which is disbursed to select applicants on a yearly basis. Prior recipients of Distaff grants include Oakland Youth Chorus for Music Education, Alameda Education Foundation, Edna Brewer Middle School, Westlake Middle School, Achieve Academy, Skyline High School, and Vida Verde Nature Education. The Distaff Singers is a nonprofit, tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are welcomed and are tax deductible. Please check if your employer will make a matching contribution. If you would like to help our organization by making a donation, please contact us at or mail to Distaff Singers, P.O. Box 11190, Oakland, CA 94611.
Tina Harrington has been Artistic Director of Distaff Singers since 1989. A second-generation Oakland native, Tina Harrington is deeply involved in the Bay Area music community. In addition to directing the Distaff Singers, she sings with and serves as assistant conductor of the San Francisco Choral Artists, and conductor of the Alumni chorus of the Oakland Youth Chorus. She is also a vocal director at The College Preparatory School in Oakland. Tina is a noted soloist and vocal coach who holds a BA in music from UC Berkeley.