Sandra Schnieders followed her great love of visually evocative music (wearing a cape and swooping around the living room furniture to Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” is one of her earliest memories) into film and video game scoring. A graduate of the the UCLA Film Scoring Certificate Program, she has composed music and designed sound effects for the video game Dungeon of Monarchs, written additional music for composer-orchestrator Penka Kouneva (lead orchestrator for Bloodborne, Elysium, Ender’s Game), created unique scores for several independent features and short films, and has conducted and orchestrated scores for Hollywood recording sessions. She is an independent contractor in music preparation, and has assisted in preparing music for Thomas Newman, Danny Elfman, and Jon Brion, including Finding Dory, Passengers (Academy Award nominee for Best Original Score), Goosebumps, and Oz: The Great and Powerful, along with numerous other Hollywood performances and recording sessions.
Also a classically trained choral conductor and vocalist, Sandra has performed as a choralist with internationally known orchestras and conductors: the Berlin Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall with Claudio Abbado, the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center with Kurt Masur, the Philadelphia Orchestra with Wolfgang Sawallisch, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Joseph Flummerfelt and the Westminster Choir. She has appeared with the Berkshire Opera Festival in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, the Spoleto U.S.A. Arts Festival in Puccini’s Il Trittico, and in the American premier of Kurt Weill’s Die Bürgschaft, recorded on EMI records. She has been a soprano section leader for the Los Angeles Bach Festival and has sung with the Don Brinegar Singers.
An active member of the Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.), she is honored to serve as part of the nominating committee for the G.A.N.G. Awards individual music categories. She resides in the Los Angeles area with her husband.