Musically instinctive from an early age (wearing a cape and swooping around the living room furniture to Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” is one of her earliest memories), Sandra Schnieders followed her great love of evocative music into film and video game scoring. After graduating from the UCLA Film Scoring Certificate Program with distinction, she was chosen through audition to participate in the Society of Composers and Lyricists Mentorship Program. Since then, she has composed music and sound design for video games, created unique scores for independent films, written additional music for Penka Kouneva (lead orchestrator for Bloodborne, Elysium, Ender’s Game) and other composers, 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 (starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence), 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 has been honored to serve as part of the nominating committee for the 2016 G.A.N.G. Awards individual music categories. She resides in the Los Angeles area with her husband.