A native of Hamden, CT, Sally Sanford graduated summa cum laude from Yale where she majored in literature and in music. She holds a DMA degree from Stanford University. She has had a distinguished career as a performer, teacher, and scholar specializing in 17th & 18th century music. She was a first prize winner of the Concert Artist Guild International Award with her trio Ensemble Chanterelle. She has recorded for MHS, Lyrachord, Centaur, and Harmonia Mundi.
Sally has published articles in the Journal of Seventeenth Century Music and contributed numerous entries to the new Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments and is a contributor to A Performer’s Guide to Seventeenth Century Music. Her most recent article was recently published in a Festschrift for Kerala Snyder, who was one of her undergraduate music professors. She has taught at Wellesley College, Dartmouth College, the Hartt School of Music, among others, and been an artist.
She is also the author of a new children’s picture book, Henry and the Huckleberries: A Visit with Mr. Thoreau at Walden Pond, published by Prospecta Press.
Sally and her husband, Sandy Smith, have two grown children. They live in a restored antique barn in Concord, Massachusetts. Sally loves to hike, canoe, and cook on a wood stove in the backwoods of Maine.
A trustee of the ATA since 1986, Sally currently serves as Secretary, Co-Chair of the Annual Fund, a member of the ATA Working Group, and as a mentor in the SAMI program. She also does most of the graphic design for the ATA.