With more than a decade of arts management experience, Sandra Wu joined Kentucky Opera in 2016 where she is currently the Director of Artistic Administration. She is inspired to develop a diverse cast where rising and established singer-actors can collaborate in a safe creative environment. She also manages the Sandford Studio Artists Program, a career building program that gives young artist 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 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, a music school that engaged young musicians through orchestral, jazz, choral, and chamber music ensembles. During her time there, she founded the Young Professional’s Board which is comprised of MYAC alumni leaders.
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 held the role as Alumni Advisor of SMU’s Sigma Phi Omega Theta Chapter, an Asian-American interest sorority where 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 currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband Jeff where she enjoys going to trivia and following the United States Women’s Soccer Team.