After graduating high school with honours, Sandra-Mae achieved a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies on Saxophone with a Minor in Education from Capilano University in 2011. Sandra-Mae has received multiple awards such as Outstanding Achievement in Music five years in a row (2001 -2006) and the Phil Nimmons Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement in Jazz in 2006.
Sandra-Mae was one of 18 students in all of Canada under the age of 24 invited to perform at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival two years in a row. During her time there, she met and performed with such luminaries as Joe Lovano, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Christian McBride and opened for Dave Brubeck.
A talented singer and multi-instrumentalist, Sandra-Mae plays saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone), guitar, piano, percussion and has performed around the world in places like London, Amsterdam, New York, Brazil and in some of Vancouver's most prestigious venues including The Orpheum Theatre.
Brazilian Music has also been a lifelong passion of Sandra-Mae’s. She sings in Portuguese and is an accomplished Brazilian guitarist and percussionist, playing and singing many favourite Bossa Novas and Sambas.
Having traveled to Brazil twice to study the beautiful music and rich culture, her knowledge and passion is heard through her authentic performance of Brazilian music. Have a listen: