ASCAP award winning arranger, Dr. Dackow has generated over seventy
published works for orchestras. She is active as a guest conductor,
adjudicator and clinician across the nation and Canada, in England,
Hong Kong, Singapore, Ukraine, South Africa and throughout Australia
and Ireland. Articles of hers have appeared in major professional journals
and she has contributed to, or co-authored music reference books, methods
and texts. Dr. Dackow currently serves as President-elect of the Conductors
Guild, an international organization.
As a renowned music educator, Dr. Dackow has conducted bands and orchestras in the schools of Glen Rock and East Brunswick NJ, and served as Supervisor of Music for the Ridgewood NJ public schools. A former chair of the string department and orchestra director at Slippery Rock University PA, she has been a visiting faculty member during the summer sessions of the Eastman School of Music, Temple University, Montclair State College NJ, Wichita State University, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and the Cork School of Music, Ireland. She most recently served on the faculty of Brandeis University MA, as director of the University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.
Sandra Dackow earned her Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music. An Aspen Conducting fellow in 2001, she was also awarded the Silver Medal in the 2001 Vakhtang Jordania/New Millennium International Conducting Competition in Kharkov, Ukraine. She is currently serving as Music Director of the Hershey Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania and is a former Music Director of the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra in New Jersey. Recent guest conducting has included appearances with the Helena Symphony, the Rapides Symphony and the Monroe Symphony in Louisiana, the Spartanburg Philharmonic in South Carolina, the Kharkov Philharmonic, and the All-Queensland Honors Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia where she also toured with the Moriah College Orchestra. Upcoming appearances include concerts with the Danbury Symphony CT, the Hershey Symphony Festival Strings for the MENC National Conference in Salt Lake City and performances with Festival and Honors Orchestras around the country.