BTheology, BMus Perf, MMus (Solo Voice)
Sandra Bender completed her Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the University of Manitoba in 2005 and her Master of Music (Solo Voice Performance) at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in 2009. Hailed for the power and clarity of her voice, Sandra has sung a variety of roles including the title roles of Turandot and Tosca (Puccini), Elsa von Brabant in Lohengrin (Wagner), 3rd Norn in Götterdämmerung (Wagner), Lady Billows in Albert Herring (Britten), Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte (Mozart) Elettra in Idomeneo (Mozart), Blanche de la Force in Les Dialogues des Carmélites (Poulenc), and many others. A seasoned recitalist, Sandra has performed over twenty solo concerts in Winnipeg, Montréal, Québec, and Berlin, with a hugely varied repertoire in over eight languages. She has performed in operas, oratorios, choirs, Gregorian and other plainsong chant, experimental new music, art song of every type, Early Music, cabaret, jazz, and pop music and enjoys all of it!
Sandra has been a semi-finalist and finalist in competitions such as the Canadian Music Competition, the George London Foundation, the Liederkranz Foundation Opera Competition, the Gerda Lissner Opera Competition, and most notably has twice been the District winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Sandra has also directed numerous choirs, most recently serving as Choirmaster and Director of Liturgy at Québec City’s Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Other choirs have included McGill University’s New Earth Voices, a variety of choirs at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church here in Winnipeg, and the Young Adult Ensemble at First Mennonite Church. She has maintained a busy teaching schedule since 2002 and welcomes students of every age and level of experience!