Sandy Morris is looking forward to working with talented musicians in her twenty-first season as Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra. In her career as a musician/ music educator in Chattanooga, she has conducted orchestras, bands, and choirs. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana as well as a Master of Music degree in Music Education and a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. 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 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.
Sandy is also Conductor of the UTC Symphony Orchestra, Music Director for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and Assistant Conductor and flutist for the Chattanooga Community Orchestra and the Chattanooga Area Flute Society. She also plays flute in Grace Notes, a trio that plays at area hospitals, churches, and senior centers. She was formerly Director of Strings and Music Theory at Center for Creative Arts and is active as a clinician, adjudicator, and arranger. She has been honored as an Outstanding Teacher by the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts and by Who’s Who Among American Teachers. Sandy 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. She enjoys spending her free time with her best friend and husband Ron as well as with son Michael and his family.