Established in 1999 by artistic director Lyn Schramm,
The Sanford Concert Series was the dream of Col. Henry
Sanford, a former parishioner and a member of the American
Guild of Organists, who bequeathed his Rodgers organ to
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. He did so hoping
it would enhance and increase the musicality of the church,
as well as serve as a magnet for local and professional
The Series provides people in St. Mary’s County
and neighboring areas with the opportunity for an informal
appreciation of music and the performing arts. The intimacy
of the sanctuary allows audiences to feel more a part
of the performance. Christmas concerts always feature
a carol sing-along and many of the concerts include
a dialogue between the performer and audience. Several
of the concerts are preceded by workshops for young
musicians in the area.
The series also includes the annual concert "Sounds of Tomorrow," held on the second Saturday in June, which features young talent from the area. Designed to showcase talent in a "solo" or "recital" environment, the program auditions are open to all instrumentalists and vocalists who have not graduated from high school and are under the age of 18. Each student who performs is presented with an honorarium for their participation.
Following each concert, we invite our audience to attend
an informal reception in the Parish Hall, where they
may share their love of music one-on-one with the performers.