Sandborg earned her bachelor of music degree from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, and her master's degree in voice from the University of Illinois. She has been heard with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra (RSO), Opera Roanoke, the Roanoke Valley Choral Society, the Blacksburg Master Chorale and Musica Viva, David Ehrlich, director. She has collaborated with American composers Daniel Pinkham and Gunther Schuller and has debuted compositions by RSO's former composer-in-residence Margaret Brouwer and Roanoke College's Gordon Marsh. Sandborg has performed as a featured soloist at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and in November 2003, she appeared with the RSO in Dvorak's "Te Deum" and in the 2004 world premiere of "Job, the Oratorio" by local composer Aaron Garber. Her most recent collaboration is a compact disc featuring the music of composer Jim Potter. Sandborg will premiere another work by Garber in May, entitled "Mass for Peace." She is also the organist and co-director of music at Second Presbyterian Church in Roanoke.
Sandborg has been honored with many awards. Sandborg and her husband, Jeffrey (a professor of music at Roanoke College and director of the Roanoke College Choir), won the Perry F. Kendig Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1998. In 2000 and 2005, she was voted the "Best Vocalist" by the readers of Roanoker Magazine. In March 2003, she was the first-prize winner in the Philadelphia Cathedral/Diana Barnhart American Art Song Competition. The Roanoke Times exclaims she is, "incapable of singing anything without making it sound beautiful." Opera News said of her Zerlina that she sang with "style and vocal agility."
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