We begin another edition of the “Composers” series, sharing songs from living composers who have become favorites of Consort. Sanford Dole joined Consort in 2012 and has been a valued soloist, associate director, composer, and of course most importantly – a tenor! And, yes, Sanford is not only the answer to yesterday’s quiz, but is also the only member whose works we have sung.
A Bay Area native, Sanford, has been active in choral music since he sang in the cherub choir at church beginning at age three. At age 19 he joined the San Francisco Symphony Chorus later becoming that group’s assistant director for 10 years. He was a founding member of Chanticleer and was involved with the all-male choir’s first recordings, as well as national and international tours. Sanford directs North Star Vocal Artists (currently on hiatus), a Marin-based chamber choir dedicated to performing contemporary choral music. He has been the artistic director of the Palo Alto-based Bay Choral Guild since 2000 and music director at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco since 1993. Sanford holds degrees in composition and conducting from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
|Quiz of the Day|
When did Consort begin having associate directors?
Word painting is another hallmark of this piece. Listen how the sopranos and altos ascend on the text “…like the strong mountains,” only to descend right after on the text “…like the great deep.” A little later, the text “They feast on the rich abundance of your house,” is set as a chord stream of rich jazz harmonies.
your faithfulness up to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
your judgments are like the great deep:
you, Lord, save both people and beasts.
How precious is you steadfast love, O God:
mortals take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the rich abundance of your house:
you give them drink from the streams of your delights.
For with you is the well of life and in your light we see light.
Continue your loving kindness to those who know you:
and your justice to the true of heart.