Singing instructor Krueger helps others find their voice
By Anna Goodwin McCarthy
Saturday, August 25, 2018
By helping both adults and children discover a passion for music, Sandra Krueger helps others find their true voice.
Krueger is an adjunct instructor of music appreciation at College of The Albemarle and associate director at Music off Main.
Krueger works with Music off Main’s owner and director, Kelly Balmaceda, to offer private voice instruction to both adults and children eighth-grade and up. She also helps Balmaceda coordinate the Albemarle Youth Choir and teach mini MAESTROS, a music program for toddlers and infants.
The Albemarle Youth Choir is divided into two sections, elementary, which includes kids in grades 2-5, and middle school, which features kids in grades 6-8.
Krueger said working with the Albemarle Youth Choir to instruct kids about the foundations of vocal techniques is one the best parts of her profession.
Exposing her students to classical music and harmony for the first time, Krueger said they learn about the beauty of the genre.
Krueger said she practices her own singing craft every day at Music off Main, which is located at the corner of Poindexter and Church streets in Elizabeth City.
“Everything about that space makes me want to sing,” said Krueger.
Krueger also performs in the chorus of the Virginia Opera, traveling to Norfolk, Virginia, to practice at least three times a week, depending on the show.
“I’ve always been a very expressive person by nature,” said Krueger.
Krueger said she grew up in a musical family with her father and brothers all playing instruments. She began playing the violin at a young age, but her passion for singing began at age 14 after she started voice lessons.
“It was so compelling, exciting and fun,” said Krueger, describing her fondness for singing.
Krueger earned her bachelor’s degree in music from Whitworth University and her master’s degree in opera/music theatre performance from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.
Krueger has lived in Elizabeth City for three years with her husband, Todd, who is an instructor of physics and chairman of the Department of Natural Sciences at College of The Albemarle.
Krueger enjoys running with the River City Running Club and is currently training for a half-marathon. She also coordinates music at Holy Family Catholic Church.
Krueger is participating in a variety of upcoming events. She will perform in the Music off Main production of the opera, "The Medium," at the Maguire Theatre on Oct. 27. Krueger also will present a lecture recital, “Great Songs from the Great War,” on Nov. 7 at the Museum of the Albemarle.
Krueger is also looking forward to portraying Dolly Gallagher Levi in Emmerich Theatre Production Company’s “Hello, Dolly!” at College of The Albemarle in April.
For more information about Music off Main programs, visit the Music off Main Facebook page and website at https://www.ecmusicoffmain.com/.
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