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Built in 1894, St. Mark's Sanctuary is revered by instrumental and vocal musicians as a top-tier performance space with outstanding acoustics, elevated architecture and a spiritual quality that is intimate, reverent and inspiring.

St. Mark’s Nominated for Best Small Performance Venue!

San Francisco Classical Voice, Best of the Bay Awards

Glowing Words for St. Mark’s: 


San Francisco Early Music Society
Sun, Jan 13, 2019 ● 4:00pm


Semper Phantasticus!
Semper Phantasticus explores that most avant-garde mode of music-making among German composers of the 17th and early 18th centuries, with extravagant works for violin, viola da gamba, and harpsichord. All three instruments are featured individually and in combination on this program, in sonatas by Dietrich Buxtehude and Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, two of the best-known exponents of the “fantastical style,” alongside free works by August Kerzinger, Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, Johann Jakob Walther, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

ARS LYRICA HOUSTON CHAMBER PLAYERS: Matthew Dirst, Director; Elizabeth Blumenstock, baroque violin;Mary Springfels, viola da gamba; Matthew Dirst, harpsichord

Polina Rushinsky Piano Recital
Sun, Jan 20, 2019 ● 2:00pm

Voices of Music
Sat, Jan 26, 2019 ● 8:00pm
Musical Crossroads: The sounds of Western and non-Western instruments playing music from 14-18 centuries from America, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ireland, Bulgaria, Quebec, Scotland and Slovenia, as well as a new work by Dutch-American composer Hanneke van Proosdij. Cheryl Ann Fulton, harps; Imamyar Hasanov, kamancha; Peter Maund, percussion; Laura Risk & Alana Youssefian, fiddle and baroque violin; William Skeen, viola da gamba; David Tayler, lute; Hanneke van Proosdij, recorder and harpsichord.

New Esterhazy Quartet
Sat, Feb 2, 2019 ● 4:00 PM
Music by Georg Reutter, Nicola Porpora, JJ Fux, CPE Bach, & Haydn


For more information about hosting your musical event at St. Mark's, including availability, rental rates or scheduling an appointment to view the Sanctuary, please contact Deidre Rettenmaier, Events Administrator at, direct line (415) 654-5614, or complete the form below:

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Groups currently using St. Mark's Sanctuary:

  • American Bach Soloists

  • Music Teachers Association of California

  • Philharmonia Baroque Chorale

  • International Orange Chorale

  • Sacred and Profane

  • San Francisco Choral Artists

  • Sunset Youth Symphony

  • Musae

  • Bay Choral Guild

  • Volti

  • Omni Concerts

  • San Francisco Performances

  • Pacific Edge Voices

  • Presidio DAR

  • CG Jung Institute

  • San Francisco Early Music Society

  • Wagner Society of Northern California

  • California Bach Society

  • San Francisco Composers

  • Deutscher Musikverein

  • Ensemble for These Times

  • Golden Gate Symphony

  • Civic Symphony Association of San Francisco

  • San Francisco Girls’ Chorus

  • Katherine Delmar Burke School

  • Young Women’s Choral Project

  • New Esterhazy Quartet

  • Esfera Armoniosa

  • Red Star Brass

  • Chanticleer

  • Voices of Music

  • Tenet