Sandra Ling has been proud to be a violinist with the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra since 1998,
the year she also opened her catsitting/dogwalking business. She has found it extremely rewarding
to witness how both have developed and progressed throughout the years. She has really valued the role
that PCSO has held in keeping her life balanced between the animal world and the humanist world music
so poignantly illuminates.
Sandra graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, San Diego in 1994 with a Bachelors degree in Sociology. She grew up in the Tacoma Youth Symphony and California Youth Symphony organizations and also spent years with the UCSD Symphony Orchestra and Beaverton Chamber Symphony (including a stint on cello!) Her teachers have included Helen Pagels, Janos Negyesy, and Clarisse Atcherson.
Sandra has performed numerous solos... in the privacy of her own home. (Much to the chagrin of her 3 cats and long-suffering boyfriend) She has also attended masterclasses taught by famous, world-renowned violinists... on YouTube.
In her spare time, Sandra enjoys reading, napping, eating, yoga, Zumba, spending too much time online, dabbling in piano/cello-playing, spending time with her goddaughter, (and the aforementioned cats/boyfriend) and volunteering with Animal Aid, Inc., a local non-profit rescue group, where she has served as a member of the Board since 1996.
Sandra is very grateful to all who contribute their time and financial resources in order that our orchestra may continue to thrive and inspire.