Dr. Ayisha de Sandino

Violin, Viola Teacher

Ayisha de Sandino

SAA Member


Raleigh, NC
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Violinist Ayisha de Sandino graduated with a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Violin Performance from Arizona State University. She received a Masters of Music from the University of New Mexico with a double concentration in Violin Performance and String Pedagogy, during which time she was a recipient of the prestigious Abraham Franck String Quartet Assistantship. In addition, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance..

As a pedagogue, Dr. de Sandino has taught private violin lessons for ten years. She also currently teaches Suzuki violin and Desert Garden Montessori. Notably, she was a founding faculty member of Música 100×35 y el Sistema de Orquestas y Coros Juveniles e Infantiles de Puerto Rico (El Sistema in Puerto Rico). In addition, she has previously been a facutly member at Kids and Musik in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the University of New Mexico Lab School. She has also been on the string faculty at The Panama Jazz Festival since 2011.

In addition to her degree in Pedagogy, she holds long term training in all 10 Suzuki books as well as Suzuki Philosophy; she has also received teacher training enrichment courses from William and Doris Preucil and Susan Kempter. Ayisha has worked as a private and group class teacher in programs such as Kids and Music in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the Suzuki Lab School at the University of New Mexico.

Dr. de Sandino has performed in renowned music festivals throughout the world, such as, InterHarmony Music Festival in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany; Prague International Summer Academy, in Prague, Czech Republic; LyricaFest Chamber Music Festival in Chatham New Jersey; North Carolina Chamber Music Institute in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Festival de la Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de las Américas in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance: Music in the Valley in Mizra, Israel; Stamford International Music Festival in Stamford, England; Seminario de Master Class y Perfeccionamiento Técnico Avanzado de Violín de La Academia Latinoamericana de Violín y la Fundación Simón Bolívar in Mérida, Venezuela; The Panama Jazz Festival in Panama City, Panama; Festival Internacional de Música Centro Universitario Adventista de Sao Paulo, in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Festival Internacional de Música em Maranguape, in Maranguape, Brasil; Festival Internacional Música na Serra in Lages, Brasil; and Festival Internacional Música no Pampa, in Bagé, Brasil.

In addition to performances in music festivals, Dr. de Sandino has presented solo recitals throughout the Caribbean and the United States. She has soloed with orchestras such as the Rockbridge Symphony Orchestra, and the Gallup Chamber Orchestra as well.

She has also received master classes from celebrated artists, among them are Pamela Frank, Masumi Per Rostad, Roger Tapping, Lawrence Dutton, Sergio Assad, Alejandro Drago, José Francisco del Castillo, Sven Arne Tepl, Yehonatan Berick, Nava Milo, Michael Gaisler, Andrew Smith, Victor Correa Cruz, Diego Tornelli, Los Hermandos Asad, Borivoj Martinic-Jercic, and La Catrina String Quartet.

As an orchestral musician she has held leadership positions the University of New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Puerto Rico Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Youth Orchestra, and the Southern Virginia University Orchestra. She has also played on numerous occasions with the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra Arturo Somohano and the University Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra. Currently, she is a member of the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra.

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