“The CCO truly feels like a “hometown chamber orchestra.” Musicians have close relations with members of the community, many of whom are members of the board. Sheila has been Executive Director for many years and clearly puts her heart and soul into the job. – One of my most memorable CCO concerts was when I cracked a rib coughing during a chamber music concert. We had just finished the Prokofiev Quintet and I was listening to another group perform while sitting in the audience in the church. I had just made it through the Prokofiev without having a single coughing fit and evidently my body then just let loose. Only later did I learn I had viral pneumonia! Thankfully that didn’t get in the way of my performing a work I had wanted to do for ages, with some great colleagues.”
Sarah Chandler is Second Clarinet with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. She is also currently Second Clarinet of the Binghamton Philharmonic and a member of the Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra and has performed as substitute clarinetist with the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra. Her past orchestral experience includes the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, the New World Symphony and the Spoleto (Italy) Festival Orchestra. She was a prize-winner at the International Clarinet Society Competition three times and won the grand prize in 1988. She served as Lecturer of Clarinet at Binghamton University from 2007 until 2013. Ms. Chandler holds a BM from Northwestern University, an MA from the University of Iowa and an MLIS. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her teachers include Russell Dagon, Robert Marcellus and Clark Brody. She also has pursued a career as an academic librarian, having most recently held positions at Binghamton University and Cornell University, in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She is proud to serve her fellow musicians as current President of Binghamton Local 380, American Federation of Musicians and as a Delegate to the Regional Orchestra Players Association (ROPA).