Sandy has been Cascade Harmony's director since 2006 when she stepped in as a coach and became the temporary director for competition. She and the other leaders of the chorus changed the name (formerly Barlow Trail Chorus), won 'most improved chorus' awards twice, grown the chorus from 18 to 50 members and in 2012, won the regional competition.
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. This year, Cascade Harmony will represent the region at the International Competition and Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Sandy has sung with several 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.