SANDY CAHILL (shown on the right, with coach Sharon Babb) says there was nothing other than music that she ever wanted to do. Singing and music have always been an important part of her life and finally, she has found a way to put her degree in music education to good use.
In 1988 she and her then-new husband left her native New York to return to his hometown - Portland. Sandy knew nothing about Sweet Adelines, but she went to a rehearsal and immediately fell in love with the music and the director, who was "funny and warm and smart about music" (hmmm, that sounds like Sandy). Sandy says, "Since the day I walked in the door, there hasn't been a day I haven't been involved in the organization. Sweet Adelines is an integral part of who I am."
She became the director of Cascade Harmony in 2006 and maintined dual membership in Pride of Portland Chorus for years. At regional competitions, Sandy led Cascade Harmony Chorus to its first-ever championship in its history, earning Sandy the Master Director status.
Sandy has sung with several first place quartets, recently won first place in a mixed voice quartet and continues to work at her singing and performing skills as well as directing, coaching and learning. Last year she joined the leadership team for Pride as associate director and this year was named the chorus assistant director.