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Sally Dean

Artistic Director, San Diego North Coast Singers, CA      

"This commission ["How Can I Keep From Singing?"] has the ingredients of a piece destined to become used nationwide within the choral community.  It will speak of the power of singing together."


"Brad,  you are the natural composer for this very project – and to think I thought of you for this commission without knowing your roots in San Diego, and particularly in the choral community and in Balboa Park.  Serendipitous and organic!"                      ~ Sally Dean, comments regarding this world premiere



Sally Husch Dean is the founding Artistic Director of the San Diego North Coast Singers Youth Chorus and has led this prestigious ensemble on national and international tours. She also directs choral ensembles at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from the University of California, San Diego, and is currently a Master of Music: Choral Conducting candidate at California State University, Los Angeles. 


Ms. Dean has studied conducting with Dr. David Chase in San Diego and Donald Brinegar in Los Angeles. She has directed local honor choirs, and worked as a music consultant for the Encinitas Union School District. in 1997 Ms. Dean was one of six choral directors in the country selected for a fellowship program with the well-known composer/conductor, Alice Parker.


The San Diego North Coast Singers are known throughout San Diego for their joyous, spirited sound. Our mission is to provide an excellent choral music education while fostering global understanding through the performance of songs from diverse cultures.


The North Coast Singers Youth Chorus was founded in 1993 by Sally Husch Dean, as a community outreach program of the San Dieguito Methodist Church, Encinitas. The chorus was an official program of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito from 1994 to 2003.


North Coast Singers choirs have participated in many invitational Choral Festivals in the Southern California region, receiving exemplary comments from professional adjudicators. Several singers have been selected to participate in national children’s honor choirs.

If Wishes Had Wings - World Premiere

North Coast Singers at the Sing a Mile High Festival

North Coast Singers - Youth Creating Harmony Festival