Update June 2015
In December 2014 our board discussed the prospect of changing our performance model. Focusing on contemporary choral music, we decided to form a high-caliber amateur, auditioned performance ensemble centered in the North Bay.
North Star Vocal Artists was formed to present “contemporary choral classics…and the best of the rest.” North Star was created to fill a need in the North Bay; a chamber choir that would focus on the wealth of beautiful choral music composed since 1980. Not wanting to completely limit the possibilities for programing, Sanford added the “best of the rest” tag line to allow for the appearance of gems from earlier in the 20th century, as well as the occasional work from previous eras.
Auditions were held in January 2015 for the “Alchemy” program, which we performed February 20-22 in San Francisco, Petaluma and Healdsburg. The concert was so well received, we are reprising it on June 28 in Mill Valley.
Although that program features 26 singers in music that is unaccompanied, it is possible that future programs may include 32, or more, singers as our repertoire grows and expands. Instruments may be included as needed and budgets allow.
We are building a new organization from the ground up to serve the North Bay. We welcome your financial support to help us grow into the future. You can make a tax-deductible contribution to Sanford Dole Ensemble here on our Donations page.
Enjoy some of our previous performances.
Gertrude and Alice: Scenes from a Shared Life