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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 musical talent.

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.

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