Sandra Bailey is the principal bassoonist of the Chicago Sinfonietta and a Civic Orchestra Fellow. Sandra completed her Bachelor of Music at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, where she studied with Chris Millard, Lewis Kirk, and David McGill and completed her Master of Music at DePaul University School of Music under the tutelage of Bill Buchman and Keith Buncke.
In 2016, she was a scholarship winner of the Musicians Club of Women Jerome and Elaine Nierenberg Foundation Scholarship and the NCSC Army Band National Collegiate Competition where she performed the Gordon Jacob Concerto with “Pershing’s Own” United States Army Band on the West Steps of the U.S Capitol. In June 2016, she won the position of Principal Bassoon in the Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic in Durban, South Africa. She served as the second bassoonist of the Arkansas Symphony during the 2017/18 season.
During her summers, she attended the Castleton Music Festival,Brevard Music Festival, Musik Akademie Westfalen, Orchestra De la Francophonie, Aspen Music Festival and School, and the National Repertory Orchestra. She frequently plays with orchestras including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Elgin Symphony, Illinois Symphony, New World Symphony Orchestra, and West Michigan Symphony.