With over ten years of arts administration, Sandra Wu is the former Director of Artistic Production of Kentucky Opera in Louisville. During her tenure there, she was inspired to develop a diverse cast where rising and established singer-actors can collaborate in a safe creative environment. She also managed the Sandford Studio Artists Program, a career building program that gives young artists the opportunity to continue crafting their artistry through studio classes, performance practice opportunities, and conversations on transitioning to the next stage (no pun intended). Sandra hails from Dallas, Texas where she also served as the Executive Director of Chamber Music International (CMI) from 2012-2016; a performing arts group that brought individual award-winning soloist together for a unique one-of-a-kind chamber music experience. At CMI, she increased their operational budget by cultivating new patrons and received more than $200,000 in grant awards and corporate sponsorship throughout her tenure there. Sandra was an Alumnus of the 2015’s Leadership Arts Institute powered by the Business Council for the Arts in Dallas. Previous to this role, Sandra was the Orchestra Program Coordinator at Midwest Young Artist Conservatory (MYAC) in Greater Chicago and was the house/stage manager for the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Performance Hall.
Sandra received her Masters in Music Performance and Literature from Northwestern University, where she was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society. While living in the Chicagoland, Sandra was seen as a flute soloist with the Northwestern Summer Band and a guest performer with the U.S. President’s Own Marine Band at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago in 2011. She earned her Bachelors of Music Performance from Southern Methodist University (SMU) where she held multiple leadership roles with the Asian Council and the Multicultural Greek Council, and was also inducted into the Order of Omega. She later served as the Alumni Advisor of SMU’s Sigma Phi Omega Theta Chapter, an Asian-American interest sorority where she was active all four years at SMU. Sandra also has a passion for education as she had a private flute studio in Dallas where she taught lessons to students grades 6-12 and was a Big Sister in the Big Sister Big Brother program.
Sandra is currently an MBA Candidate at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and an intern at Epic Games where she is looking to develop her skills in other areas of business. She resides in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband where she enjoys attending Yelp events, doing yoga, and following the United States Women’s Soccer Team.