Sandra Church, a native of Syracuse, is the Associate Principal Flute of the New York Philharmonic. During her tenure she has performed with conductors Zubin Mehta, Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, and Alan Gilbert. Ms. Church has appeared as soloist in performances led by Masur (in Handel’s Concerto Grosso in G major), Leonard Slatkin (in Barber’s Capricorn Concerto), and Maazel (in J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5). She served as Acting Principal Flute from 1997 to 2000. Sandra Church appears on Bernstein’s final recordings with the Orchestra, featuring works by Tchaikovsky, on Deutsche Grammophon and available on iTunes.
Before joining the Philharmonic Sandra Church was principal flute of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, during the music directorships of Thomas Michalak and Hugh Wolff, and was in residence with the Chautauqua Symphony, with Joseph Silverstein as music director, from 1986 to 1988.
An avid chamber music enthusiast, Ms. Church performs with the New York Philharmonic Ensembles in Merkin Concert Hall. She is also featured in André Previn’s album of songs From Ordinary Things.
Sandra Church earned her bachelor of music and master of music degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with former New York Philharmonic Principal Flute Julius Baker. She teaches privately, having served on the faculties of The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music.