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Sanford Dole

Sanford Dole is Artistic Director of Bay Choral Guild, a 45-voice community choir based in Palo Alto, CA. In addition, he is Music Director at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. A native of Berkeley, he has spent his entire professional life involved in the Bay Area music scene. In addition to conducting the above groups he has introduced many new works to local audiences with the Sanford Dole Ensemble, a professional ensemble involving both instruments and singers.

A graduate of San Francisco Conservatory of Music with degrees in composition and conducting, he was a founding member of Chanticleer and has sung with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus (23 seasons, including 10 as assistant director), Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Chorale (10 seasons) along with countless other gigs.

As a composer, he has been commissioned by Chanticleer, Pacific Edge Voices, CMASH, and the Oakland Symphony Chorus.