Sandy has been Cascade Harmony's director since 2005 when she stepped in as a coach and became the temporary director for the 2006 competition. She and the other leaders of the chorus have changed the name (formerly known as Barlow Trail Chorus), won 'most improved chorus' awards twice and grown the chorus from 18 to 40 members.
Sandy says there was nothing other than music that she ever wanted to do. Singing and music have always been an important part of her life.
In 1988 she and her then-new husband left her native New York to return to his hometown - Portland. Sandy knew nothing about Sweet Adelines, but she went to a rehearsal and immediately fell in love with the music and the director, who was "funny and warm and smart about music" (hmmm, that sounds like Sandy). Sandy says, "Since the day I walked in the door, there hasn't been a day I haven't been involved in the organization. Sweet Adelines is an integral part of who I am."
At regional competitions, Sandy recently led Cascade Harmony Chorus to its first-ever championship in its history. The chorus scored 610 points, earning Sandy the Master Director status in this first place win. In 2013, we are excited that Cascade Harmony will represent the region at the International Competition and Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Sandy currently sings with Soundwave, the first place regional quartet who will represent Region #24 in Denver in October of 2012. She has sung with several other first place quartets in the past and continues to work at her singing and performing skills as well as directing.
The rehearsals are high-energy, fast-paced and filled with vocal production techniques, tools to help singers improve their skills and a wide repertoire of songs representing a variety of musical genres.