The Gold Coast Chamber Players have been leading the way as one of the nation’s first chamber music collectives since 1987. Performing first in Victorian mansions in the heart of the Alameda Gold Coast, GCCP continues to create this same intimacy in larger venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Winner of the Arts and Culture Award for Contra Costa County and Best East Bay Chamber Group, GCCP provides vibrant concert experiences with ongoing series in both Lafayette and Piedmont. Dedicated to quality, connection, and transformation, GCCP also provides engaging classroom experiences in public schools throughout Contra Costa County. 

Our mission is to foster greater connection and transformation through top-quality, thematic concert experiences with internationally renowned musicians.





GCCP is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

EIN #46-3428750 



Founding one of the nation’s first chamber music collectives, Gold Coast Chamber Players, Pamela Freund-Striplen infuses the same creativity she brings to performing as a violist to designing meaningful concert programs.


  • Alicia


    Director of Operations

    Alicia Gholami taught fourth and fifth grade in Castro Valley and now spends most of her time with her very active three-year-old son. She is an expert at DIY and enjoys all things crafty. Alicia loves Gold Coast because she sees the joy that the concerts bring to members of the community.

  • Todd


    Board President

    Recently retired, Todd Jacobson worked as a marketing research consultant for many years. He enjoys experimenting with sourdough bread recipes. Todd believes that the sociability of small concerts, performed by exceptional musicians, are the most outstanding hallmarks of a Gold Coast concert.

  • William

    Uhlman III

    Board Treasurer

    Bill Uhlman spent many years as a stay at home dad and is now enjoying an exciting life in retirement with his wife. He was quite likely the world’s only non practicing attorney/crumpet shop owner. Bill has loved watching Gold Coast thrive in Lafayette as it has developed into a world class chamber group.

  • Jacqueline


    Board Secretary

    Jackie worked in the energy field at MIT, the OECD, and Chevron, and since leaving paid employment has devoted herself to many volunteer hours. In appreciation for her work in alternative energy in Kentucky, she received the honorary title of Kentucky Colonel. Jackie loves Gold Coast because the superb quality of the programs and musicians brought to us by our Artistic Director, with the support of the community, enhances our lives beyond measure.

  • Mary Ellen


    Board Director

    Mary Ellen is retired from a career in corporate taxation, and now spends time enjoying the arts--particularly classical music, the ballet and museums. She and her husband once owned a racehorse. Mary Ellen loves Gold Coast because of the range and quality of music that it presents, and for the chance to watch just a few musicians interacting to produce a musical experience.

  • Alan


    Board Director

    Alan works as an economic consultant and expert witness in antitrust, intellectual property and other litigated matters. He is an avid backpacker, canoeist and an enthusiastic supporter of organizations creating educational and employment opportunities for disadvantaged youth and minorities. He spearheaded the development of Gold Coast's Board of Directors and is devoted to the organization's future.

  • Amy


    Board Director

    Amy is  a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area and a member of the Oakland Symphony. She is also an Alexander Technique Teacher and Body Mapping instructor. She enjoys riding her bike and traveling with her husband. Amy loves the incredible musicians that perform right here in Lamorinda and the sense of community and love of music that Gold Coast concerts promote. 

  • Kai


    Pre Concert Speaker

    Kai Christiansen is a musicologist specializing in classical chamber music.  Kai's entertaining pre-concert talks are a great way to start your Gold Coast experience.

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