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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: 


Center for New Music/SF Choral Artists
Sunday, June 10 at 4:00 pm

More Pianos Than Bathtubs: America’s Music
One hundred years ago, there were more pianos than bathtubs in American homes. Join us around the piano for a cozy evening of music-making in the parlor. With nationally acclaimed American music specialists Brian Thorsett, tenor, and Teresa McCollough, piano, we’ll revisit a time when every living room was filled with song. Music by Foster, Billings, Hogan, Still, Cage, Allen, Beckhard, Copland, Kaulkin, Zimpel, and Ives, spirituals and shapenote hymns, folk songs, work songs, and play songs.

International Orange Chorale Concert, Reception
Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 pm
Pilgrimage and Passage: Songs of Yearning IOCSF presents a selection of pieces that evoke the longing, trepidation, joy, and reverence of the pilgrim’s journey. Centered on Joby Talbot’s “Path of Miracles: Santiago,” the concert will also include pieces by Eric Banks, Elliot Encarnación, Ēriks Ešenvalds, J. David Moore, Einojuhani Rautavaara, and Nicholas Weininger.

Admission is free, donations gratefully

SF Choral Society Rehearsal and Silent Auction
Saturday, July 21

ABS Festival & Academy Concerts
The Glorious Court of Dresden
Friday, August 3 at 8:00 p.m.

Johann Joachim Quantz: Concerto for Flute in E Minor
Johann Friedrich Fasch: Overture in G Major
Johann Georg Pisendel: Concerto in D Major
Jan Dismas Zelenka: Sinfonia à 8 in A Minor
Johann David Heinichen: Overture in G Major 

Sandra Miller flute • Robert Mealy violin 
American Bach Soloists
Jeffrey Thomas conductor 

Dresden’s renowned Hofkapelle court orchestra was the finest in Germany during the Baroque era and brought prestige to the city, establishing its rank as one of the most important musical centers throughout Europe. A wealth of composers wrote their finest compositions for the ensemble. This program shows just how adept the musicians of the Hofkapelle were. 

To Dresden With Love
Saturday, August 4 at 8:00 pm

Antonio Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus
Johann Sebastian Bach: Preise dein glücke gesegnetes Sachsen
(“Praise your good fortune, blessed Saxony”)
Francesco Maria Veracini: Ouverture No.5 in B flat major
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in D Major “fatto per Maestro Pisendel” 

Elizabeth Blumenstock violin
Clara Rottsolk soprano • Judith Malafronte contralto
Matthew Hill tenor • William Sharp baritone
American Bach Choir • American Bach Soloists
Jeffrey Thomas conductor

A stunning setting of “Dixit Dominus” by Vivaldi, recently discovered in Dresden, features some of the composer’s most pictorial musical imagery and what has become known as Vivaldi’s most brilliantly executed double fugue for chorus. Bach’s congratulatory cantata, “Praise your good fortune, blessed Saxony,” for the anniversary of the election of August III, Elector of Saxony, as King of Poland, was first performed in October 1734 in the presence of the Elector. A grand and flattering testimonial to the high esteem in which he was held by Bach, the American Bach Choir and a full Baroque orchestra with trumpets and drums join in singing the praises of Dresden’s celebrated Elector.

Bach’s Mass in B Minor
Sunday, August 5 at 7:00 pm

American Bach Choir & ABS Academy Festival Orchestra
Jeffrey Thomas conductor

An annual pilgrimage for many concert-goers, ABS’s performances of the work that represents the pinnacle of Baroque music are legendary, especially in the passionate and dedicated hands of ABS Academy faculty and participants.


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