Sandra Byrd

Photo by Kent Eanes


As a young child, Sandy begged for piano lessons. Her parents resisted, relented, and ultimately respected her request. From that moment on, her passion for music deepened exponentially. “After many years of caressing the ivories with my fingertips,” she says, “my yearning for the lush beauty of the strings simply could not be contained. Very late in life, at age 58, I embraced my first violin…and my love affair with strings began.”

Musical Background

Being relatively new to violin, Sandy has studied with four concurrent instructors, each offering a different approach. “I have played with the Courthouse Community Orchestra in Gloucester,” she says, and came to the Northern Neck Orchestra four years ago. “As the ‘new kid on the block,'” she adds, “I am still striving to improve my skills. I am immersed in the professional quality of the musicians around me and hope to one day achieve their level of musical greatness. There is always so much more to learn…and it is never too late to begin!”

Additional Information

For eight years, Sandy has been the executive producer of a concert series that promotes musical performances in the community. “I am responsible for auditioning, contracting, promoting, and hosting the performances,” she says. An exciting new addition to the concert series in 2015 was a Youth Music Competition for regional, national, and international students. A scholarship was awarded to the competition winner, along with the opportunity to study with the professional musicians of the Philadelphia Philharmonic Orchestra.

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