Sandra I Noriega, Conductor

"Making Memorable Music"


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Oakland Public Conservatory of Music

In August of 2009, Sandra was unanimously elected by the Board of the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music to serve as Co-Director along with Angela Wellman. 

Currently Sandra also works for Education Through Music-Bay Area, as a Field Supervisor overseeing Music Educators throughout the Bay Area.  Sandra also teaches privately in her percussion studio in Castro Valley, CA.  In addition to her music degrees, Sandra also holds a BA and PhD in Biblical Studies with emphasis in the area of Music. 
Sandra I Noriega received a full scholarship to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, becoming the first woman to graduate with a degree in Percussion Performance from both the SF Conservatory in 1983 and CSU East Bay, where she earned her master's degree in 1985. Sandra held a tenured position as Principal Timpanist with the Women's Philharmonic from 1981 to 2004, and has been honored on numerous "Who's Who" lists.  She has recorded four CDs with the Women's Philharmonic on the Koch International label.  Sandra also conducts the Bay Area Asian Children’s Percussion Ensemble, an outreach program of the Wisdom Culture and Education Organization.  In addition, she has recently become founder and Music Director of the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music’s Youth Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, Community Concert Band, in addition to the Percussion Ensemble.  In 2005, she became the founder and director of The Bay Area Women’s Percussion Troupe, a professional group dedicated to highlighting and promoting the presence of women in the field of Percussion Performance.  In 2008, Ms. Noriega completed an intensive Post-Master's Studies Program receiving a Professional Certificate in Instrumental Conducting at California State University, Sacramento.


Building Bridges: Playing with
                Art & Music.
Family Fun at OPC Open House
Artists and would be artists create art while
listening to
Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental
Mood" performed by Steven Turner, saxophone,
Ayinde Webb , drums and Mario Armstead, keyboards.


Sandra Noriega has great plans for the Conservatory and
attracted and recruited the best of world-class
musicians the Bay Area has to offer. Check back as
we profile each of the faculty. Visit the website to
support them with donation and to learn about
the upcoming concerts and events.
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