Sanford Moore, master of ceremonies and piano
Sanford Moore (composer, arranger, producer, and pianist) is the director of the University Gospel Choir. He is perhaps most noted as the founder, director and arranger for the award-winning vocal jazz ensemble Moore By Four. He has traveled extensively with his ensemble doing workshops and concerts in the U.S., Europe and Japan. He has shared the stage with such notable jazz artists as Bobby McFerrin, Harry Connick Jr., the late Dizzy Gillespie, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughn and Joe Williams.
With Moore by Four, he is featured on the VocalEssence WITNESS recording: What A Mighty God: Spirituals and Gospels for Chorus, which is among Clarion Records best-selling releases. His additional choral experience includes working with the Minnesota Chorale, the Bach Society and the Dale Warland Singers.
In addition to his work with Moore By Four, Sanford Moore is sought after as a musical director and arranger for theatrical and choral productions. He was the musical director most recently with Penumbra Theatre's production of Dinah Was, Mixed Blood Theatre's production of Two Queens One Castle, written by and featuring Jevetta Steele and Hey City Theatre's production of Smokey Joe's Café. Other musical direction credits include Fever, a tribute to Peggy Lee featuring Connie Evingson, the Guthrie Theater's production of Dream on Monkey Mountain (directed by Bill T. Jones), Triumph of Love, As You Like It, and the production of Crowns, in addition to Mixed Blood Theatre's Black Belts I, II and III, featuring Jevetta Steele. He is also the creator, together with director Richard T. Thompson and choreographer Garry Q. Lewis, of an original musical review trilogy (Always and Forever, 2-Gether and Living Beauty) with Illusion Theatre.
Sanford Moore has extensive experience arranging and conducting industrial and business theater productions, as well as writing and producing jingles. He has served as producer, arranger and pianist on various recording projects including Swing Fever, Deck The Halls, I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart: A Tribute to Duke Ellington, I Have Dreamed, Fever, Some Cats Know, and his first solo recording, My First Love: A Collection of Hymns, Gospels and Spirituals. He also serves as minister of music for the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis.