Choral Program Director
Sanford Dole is Artistic Director of Cantabile Chorale, a 50-voice community choir based in Palo Alto, and Music Director of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. He is also a member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s all-professional Chorale.
Active in the Bay Area as a conductor, singer and composer for his entire adult life, Sanford has 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 1987-1997. 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. His conducting credits include such major works as Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s B Minor Mass and St. Matthew Passion, as well as many other choral and chamber ensemble concerts.