Sandy Morris holds the Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Ball State University and two Master of Music degrees, in Music Education and Performance/Conducting, from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In her career as a musician/ music educator in Chattanooga, she has conducted orchestras, bands, and choirs on the professional, community, and student levels. Sandy has done graduate work in conducting and string pedagogy at the University of Iowa, Orchestral Institute of America, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and she has attended conducting workshops sponsored by the League of American Orchestras, Conductors’ Guild, and the Waterville Valley (NH) Music Center. Her conducting teachers have included Dr. Steven Bird, Dr. William Larue Jones, Kenneth Kiesler, and Dr. Marvin Rabin.
In addition to her position as Conductor of the UTC Symphony Orchestra, Sandy is Conductor of the Chattanooga Youth Philharmonic, Music Director for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and Assistant Conductor and flutist for the Chattanooga Community Orchestra and the Chattanooga Area Flute Society. She is also a past conductor of the Cadek Orchestra and Mid-South Concert Band and had a long career as an orchestra director for Hamilton County Schools; her most recent position was Director of Strings and Music Theory at Center for Creative Arts.
Sandy is active as a clinician, adjudicator, and clinic audition music composer and has been honored as an Outstanding Teacher by the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts and by Who’s Who Among American Teachers. She is a champion of new music and has been directly involved in the commissioning and premiering of several orchestral works. She is a free-lance flutist and keyboardist and is a member of National Association for Music Education, East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, National Education Association, MacDowell Music Club, and Sigma Alpha Iota as well as former State Orchestra Chair and All-State Orchestra Chair for the Tennessee Music Educators Association.