Performances & Tickets

“Alchemy: creating something new”
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Mt. Tam United Methodist Church
410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley

North Star Vocal Artists – a 27-voice a cappella mixed choir conducted by Sanford Dole – will reprise their popular “Alchemy” concert program on Sunday, June 28, at Mt. Tam United Methodist Church (410 Sycamore Avenue) in Mill Valley.

The program includes one of the masterworks of 20th century choral literature, Swiss composer Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Chorus, and a variety of 21st century choral works, all unaccompanied. Included are British composers, Paul Mealor, Will Todd and Roxanna Panufnik, as well as the Giedrius Svilainis (Lithuania), Ola Gjeilo (Norway), and Americans Stephen Paulus, Donald Skirvin and Sanford Dole. Mt Tam Church is the perfect space in which to hear this kind of richly scored choral music.

The current North Star ensemble is comprised of singers from Corte Madera, Fairfax, Mill Valley, Novato, San Anselmo and San Rafael in Marin County, Glen Ellen, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa and Sonoma in Sonoma County, as well as Napa, Berkeley and San Francisco. “The singers are all fine musicians and have beautiful choral blend,” said Dole, whose conducting career includes many amateur and professional choirs throughout the Bay Area. “This really came together as a first-rate show, as good as any of the professional productions I’ve been a part of.”

The performance is preceded by an insightful program orientation 30 minutes prior to curtain. A light reception follows the performance.

Tickets are $25 for General Admission and $20 for Seniors/Students, available at the door or in advance through Brown Paper Tickets. Discount pricing is available for groups of eight or more by request to

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Previous Performances

"All New -- All Local"

Saturday, February 4, 2012
8:00 pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak Street, San Francisco

With “All New – All Local,” Sanford Dole Ensemble presents four works in a showcase of local composers that largely feature the work of Bay Area poets. There is one performance, Saturday, February 4, at 8:00 pm in the recital hall at San Francisco Conservatory of Music (50 Oak Street, San Francisco). Tickets are $30/general admission.

David Conte used a text by John Stirling Walker (the only non-local contributor) for "The Nine Muses." Mr. Conte was commissioned by the American Choral Director's Association to compose a work for premiere at the organization's annual conference in 2007, and it has not yet been heard in the Bay Area.

Sanford Dole is collaborating with librettist Brad Erickson on a work in progress for two sopranos, "Gertrude and Alice," about the lives of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas.

"Waiting..." was written by Michael Kaulkin, setting several poems by Elisabeth Eliassen that comment on the many aspects of modern life that require one to wait.

Peter Scott Lewis has set three poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti in "The Changing Light," which describe the diversity of California’s cityscapes and open space, blending natural wonder, cosmopolitan commerce, and unique neighborhoods that are sometimes bathed in sunshine, other times shrouded in fog.

The program is performed by a 16-voice mixed choral ensemble, accompanied by string quartet, piano four-hands and two percussionists.

Each work on the program is at least a Bay Area premiere (Kaulkin’s and Dole’s are world premieres). All of the composers and most of the poets will be present to speak about their creations, some of which were composed specifically with the forces of the Sanford Dole Ensemble in mind.

"2nd Annual Chamber Concert"

an intimate fundraising house concert

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011
4-7 pm
in the Crocker Highland neighborhood of Oakland

Other Previous Performances

You can find more information on past seasons and performances of the Sanford Dole Ensemble in our Performances Archive.