American composer Sandra Gay earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in organ performance and pursued advanced training at the Eastman School of Music where she studied composition with Samuel Adler and organ with David Craighead.

Sandra has composed music in nearly every genre—including works for orchestra, choral ensembles, instrumental ensembles, handbell choir and ensemble, piano, organ, and other solo instruments. A special interest of hers has been the composition of hymns. Tidings of Great Joy, Sandra’s Christmas cantata, has been performed by a variety of American churches.

Sandra received a commission for a featured organ composition (Parables) for the 2005 Poughkeepsie Region II/III Convention of the American Guild of Organists. The village of Webster, New York also recently commissioned Webster Trilogy for solo organ in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the town's founding.

She has received numerous other commissions from various performers and musical organizations. She has been the recipient of yearly ASCAPlus awards since 2001. Sandra was the founding president of Zimbel Press and now resides in Hamilton, Montana where she is active as a free-lance composer.

Publishers of Sandra's works include Zimbel Press, Choristers Guild, Wayne Leupold Editions, Selah Publishing Co., Inc., St. James Music Press, Wehr’s Music House, Darcey Press, Lorenz Music Publishing, and Sonlogy Music.

A number of Sandra's organ compositions are available on the disc Angelic Exaltations: Organ Music of Sandra Gay and Carson Cooman, released on Zimbel Records.

Sandra is a member of the American Guild of Organists and American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Sandra may be contacted by e-mail at: sandy@zimbel.com

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