Sanford Moore (Musical Director & Piano) is perhaps most noted as the Founder, Director, Arranger for the award-winning vocal jazz ensemble Moore by Four. He is also the Minister of Music for Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis. Sanford has served as musical director for many Penumbra productions including The Ballad of Emmet Till, The Amen Corner, I Wish You Love, Black Pearl Sings, The Piano Lesson, Get Ready, Blue, Black Nativity, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Dinah Was. Other select musical direction credits include Crowns, Dream on Monkey Mountain, Triumph of Love, and As You Like It at the Guthrie Theater; Two Queens, One Castle at Mixed Blood Theatre; Co-creator of the musical revue Always and Forever, at Illusion Theater as well as When a Man Loves a Diva at The Lab Theater. Sanford’s choral experience includes pianist for Hannibal Lokumbe’s world premiere of the choral work The Spirit of Being commissioned and performed by VocalEssence and a 10 year appointment as Adjunct Professor at the U of M School of Music conducting the U of M Gospel Choir.
Sanford Moore (Composer, Pianist, Arranger, Producer) is perhaps most noted as the Founder, Director, Arranger for the award-winning vocal jazz ensemble Moore by Four. He has traveled extensively with his ensemble doing concerts and workshops in the US, Europe and Japan; has shared the stage with such notable jazz artists as Bobby McFerrin, Harry Connick, Jr., the late Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie and Carmen McRae.
Penumbra Theater’s By the Way Meet Vera Stark, The Ballad of Emmet Till, The Amen Corner, Come on Children Let’s Sing: an Evening with Mahalia Jackson, I Wish You Love, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Black Pearl Sings, Black Nativity, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Get Ready and Dinah Was. Threads Dance Company; Composer for “Warriors of Light”; Hot Chocolate at Park Square Theater; The Guthrie Theater productions of “To Kill a Mocking Bird”, “Choir Boy”, “Crowns”, “Dream on Monkey Mountain” (directed by Bill T. Jones), “Triumph of Love” and “As You Like It”. “Two Queens, On Castle”, “Black Belts” I, II and III, featuring Jevetta Steele at Mixed Blood Theater; Illusion Theater’s “Blues In The Night” and Co-creator of “Always and Forever”; Co-creater of “When a Man Loves a Diva” at The Lab Theater. Sanford’s choral experience includes pianist for Hannibal Lokumbe’s world premier of the choral work “The Spirit of Being” commissioned and performed by VocalEssence; a 10 year appointment as Adjunct Professor at the U of M School of Music conducting the U of M Gospel Choir, and Minister of Music for Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis.
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