Sandra began her training at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. She is a two time recipient of the Mario Lanza Award, and holds a B.M. degree in opera from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. She studied acting at both the Wilma and Walnut Theaters in Philadelphia. In New York, she studied Shakespeare at the HB Studios, and received on-camera training at the Weisst- Barron Commercial School. Sandra is a member of Actor's Equity.
Sandra was engaged for seven years at Theater des Westens in Berlin, Germany, where she performed extensively in Musicals and Operetta. She also toured throughout Germany with the ensemble "Operetten Express". In the U.S., Sandra has toured nationally with "Man of La Mancha" and "Carousel", and has performed leading roles in many regional theaters. She also performed in the Off-Broadway Musical "Mamaleh". Sandra has performed in over fifty productions of Musicals, Operetta, and Opera. Some of her favorite roles include: Aldonza (Man of La Mancha), Desiree (A Little Night Music), Marguerite (The Scarlet Pimpernel), Antonia (The Tales of Hoffmann), and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi).
Most recently, she has performed the role of Lynn Fontanne in Ten Chimneys at Old Academy Players, and played one of the principal roles in Jacque Brel Is Alive And Well and Living In Paris at The Steel River Playhouse.
As a director, Sandra has staged operas for Center City Opera Theater, the Delaware Valley Opera Company, Boheme Opera New Jersey, and the New York Metro Vocal Arts Ensemble. She is currently singing concerts with the vocal group "Touch of Classics", and can be seen in commercials for Time Warner, Cuisinart, The Skooter Store, and Aspercreme.
*** Lesson Details ***
Our lessons will be relaxed and informal. My goal is to make you the best you can be. We will work on giving you a solid vocal technique so that you can approach any style of music with a good foundation. We will also work on learning to read music, and most importantly work on songs that will bring out the actor in you.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Small studio, keyboard, seating provided (couch), street parking
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in musical theater, classical, and opera. I can also teach German and Italian diction. My acting experience is mainly in musical theater.
Speaks German, German
Teaching since 1995
Awarded Mario Lanza Award from Mario Lanza Foundation
Fantastic teacher. I learned so much more in a short time with Sandra than I learned with all the other voice trainers I have had through the years. Her method is rewarding.
Sandra was terrific ... it's been ages since I did any singing and she made me feel very comfortable reengaging. I'm really looking forward to working with her going forward.
Sandra is a very positive and enthusiastic teacher. She makes sure you are following proper technique and is thorough in telling you which steps to follow. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to try singing lessons or who wishes to improve their technique.Show More
Sandra made me immediately comfortable and was
Sandra is WONDERFUL! I walked out of my first lesson with a big smile on my face. She was knowledgeable, patient and very supportive! I can't wait to go back for my second lesson.
Sandra is teaching my nine year old grandson. From day one he came back from his lessons thrilled to be singing. In addition, Sandra is teaching him to read music. At nine years old he is like a sponge absorbing all of this and Sandra is doing a great job providing lessons and challenges.Show More
Excellent music teacher and very accommodating
Sandra is an amazing teacher! My daughter loved the lessons with her and she was nothing but wonderful each and every time. I sincerely enjoyed her patience and how well she worked. Sandra is a very talented individual and that talent can be seen in the lessons she gives. Thank you so much Sandra!Show More
Sandra is so amazing to work with! She is patient and very knowledgeable. I would recommend her for anyone in the area who is looking to take singing lessons!
Sandra is a lovely woman. She is a wonderful teacher, my daughter just loves her. She is well worth the drive. She has a beautiful voice !!
My son is 16 and has been taking lessons with sandra since November of 2014. Sandra not only focuses on singing techniques to build your support and vocal strength, but also helps with understanding sheet music and acting within a musical piece. She is extremely personable and friendly. She has helped my son expand his vocal range, and she taught him vocal techniques to use to develop his voice. My son does musical theatre, and Sandra has taken a significant amount time during each lesson to help him sing the songs comfortably and understand the acting stand point in each song. She is a great teacher for him.Show More
My daughter is 14 years old and we needed some help with an acting role for her school musical. Sandra was wonderful, in a brief time she was able to help her understand that it is important to own the role. I feel as though my daughter came a long way. My daughter did get the role that she auditioned for in her High School play and she is only a freshman. Thanks very much Sandra!Show More
I am a private student of Sandra’s and have been studying singing with her for two years. I decided to study with Sandra because I know that she has a lot of professional experience on stage. I am mainly interested in musical theater, and Sandra has helped me find suitable songs for my voice. She works on breathing and building a solid technique which one can rely on. She has also helped me to develop as an actor, so that I feel completely comfortable with performing. I would highly recommend her.Show More
Sandra is my 5 year old daughter's singing/acting/piano instructor. We have been going to Sandra for the past 6 months and I am astounded at my daughter's progress! Sandra's level of patience and her ability to teach while making it fun has helped my daughter tremendously! She has more confidence and she is more controlled with her voice. She has also learned to express what she is singing about through facial expressions. Sandra's guidance has given my daughter an advantage in her endeavors. I would highly recommend Sandra to anyone!Show More
These lessons are excellent in quality.
Sandra is very knowlegeable about how the vocal chords work and how to sing the right way without straining your voice. She shows you how to use various exercises to warm up your voice and helps you learn the proper technique to develop good breathing skills. She teaches a variety of music for the voice including spirituals, musical theater and opera. Her style of teaching is personable which puts you at ease during the lesson and she makes positive and encouraging comments. When you are done the lesson you always feel that you have accomplished something, even if it is a small step forward. I would highly reccomend her to anyone who wants to learn how to sing or who wants to improve their voice.
Sandra is a great singing and acting teacher.
My daughter is 12 years old and she started to take lessons with Sandra in fall 2012. She made a great progress and absolutely loves her teacher and classes. She enjoys each class and I donât have to remind her to do her singing homework: she enjoys all the work and looks forward to her next class. My daughter thinks that Sandra is an amazing teacher and that she has a beautiful voice â¦ and I agree :)
I am a musician myself (a former piano teacher with Bachelor degree in Music) and I would highly recommend Sandra.
- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
These lessons are for the singer who wants to study skills in performing and auditioning. Singers learn how to integrate acting into their songs.
Christ Church & St. Michael's
Paid vocal soloist for church services.
Touch of Classics
Performs with the vocal ensemble in concerts, cabaret, and Christmas caroling.
Philadelphia College of Performing Arts
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Philadelphia College of Performing Arts
Mario Lanza Foundation
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