Sanford Dole is Artistic Director of Bay Choral Guild, a 45-voice community choir in Palo Alto, North Star Vocal Artists, and 16-voice chamber choir in Marin County, and Music Director of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco.
Active in the Bay Area as a conductor, singer and composer for his entire adult life, Mr. Dole had performed with, and had his compositions performed by, many of the area’s leading ensembles. He was a member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus for 23 seasons, and was that group’s Assistant Director from 1987-97. More recently, he was a member of Philharmonia Baroque Orcherstra’s Chorale from 1998-2009 and appears on several recordings in oratorios by Handel.
A founding member of the male vocal ensemble, Chanticleer, his arrangements have often been performed by the renowned 12-man chorus as well as his commissioned work, “I Am With You,” set to a poem by Walt Whitman.
Mr. Dole received his Bachelor and Masters degrees, in composition and conducting respectively, from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.