Geek Choir

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 4:45 – 5:30pm in B301


In this session, we explore ways to improve team cohesion, cooperation, connection, and presence for each other via song.


There are many connections between mathematics and music, as well as between open source communities and volunteer musical organizations; in this session, we will explore many of those connections by going through various team-building exercises using the human voice. We will discuss what open source tools are available to assist in creating music, go over the engineering involved in composing the exercises, and look over various online repositories of public-domain works that can be used for choral team-building. Mostly, we will sing.


music, singing, choir, geek culture

Speaking experience

I have spoken at six of the eight OSBridge conferences (giving this talk at each of those); I have also spoken at OSCON three times (including presenting the proposed session as a BOF, in addition to my talks [and hosting .EDU BOFs]), as well as at several PostgreSQL conferences. Here is a YouTube of an interview of me talking about GeekChoir at OSCON in 2011:


  • Brewer

    Michael Alan Brewer

    The University of Georgia


    Michael Brewer is a Web Developer Principal for the Franklin College Office of Information Technology at The University of Georgia. He designs database-backed web applications used by thousands of students and faculty and has served on several college and University-wide committees on Web development, best practices, and application security. In 2005, he won an Advising Technology Innovation Award from the National Academic Advising Association for an academic advising application he maintains; he also serves on the board of the United States PostgreSQL Association. He holds bachelor degrees in both Mathematics and Music from The University of Georgia, conducts Georgia’s oldest continuously-operating community band, is Director of Music at Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Athens, GA), and is a member of ASCAP.