North Star Vocal Artists

February 23, 24 and 25, 2018.

We are excited to present a concert of unaccompanied choral works referencing water in its many forms. The repertoire is inspired by Sanford’s 11-minute work, “Water: Making Everything New,” based on Native American poet Paula Gunn Allen’s poem, which references many bodies of water by name. It’s quite a confluence, if you will, of “lakes and rivers, oceans and streams, springs, pools and gullies,” and much more.

The program includes settings of verses about rain by Ivo Antognini and John Milne, as well as “The Sounding Sea” by Eric William Barnum. Rounding out the concert are several arrangements of popular songs including “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Shenandoah,” among others…a nice mix of intellectual satisfaction and ear candy.

There is much about this concert that will move people…”Rain. After a lifetime of drought…making everything new.” Considering how long it has been since we’ve had rain, the thought of it is almost intoxicating right now, isn’t it?  Conveying that thought will emotional depth is what excellent choral music can do.  Join us in February to drink it in!

Fri., Feb. 23, 8:00pm     Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1180 Linwood Drive, Novato

Sat., Feb. 24, 8:00pm     St. Gregory of Nyssa Church,500 DeHaro Street, San Francisco

Sun., Feb. 25, 4:00pm     Paul Mahder Gallery, 222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg


North Star Vocal Artists is a high-caliber amateur, auditioned performance ensemble centered in the North Bay. We present “contemporary choral classics…and the best of the rest.”

North Star was created to fill a perceived need in the North Bay – a chamber choir focused on the wealth of beautiful choral music composed since 1980. Not wanting to completely limit the possibilities for programming, the “best of the rest” in our tag line allows for the appearance of gems from earlier in the 20th century, as well as the occasional work from previous eras.

Northstar logo

Sanford Dole, Artistic Director
RuthE. Wells, Executive Producer

North Star Vocal Artists is a project of Sanford Dole Ensemble, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.