Sandy Holder was raised in Louisville, Kentucky where she studied piano and voice at the Youth Performing Arts High School. She began her career as a freelance pianist at age 14 and was awarded a scholarship at 16 from the University of Kentucky to study with David Doran. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory in 1987 where her teacher was Russian pianist Lidia Frumkin. After moving to Eugene in 1989, Sandy completed a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance at the University of Oregon where she studied with pianist/composer Victor Steinhardt and taught classes as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. Sandy has worked with the Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene Symphony, Eugene Opera, Oregon Symphony, Eugene Children's Choirs, Oregon Festival of American Music, and the Oregon Mozart Players as well as performing in numerous recitals at Lane Community College, the University of Oregon, and various symposiums and conferences. She is an instructor at Lane Community College, a member of the Oregon Music Teacher’s Association and also has maintained a private teaching studio in Eugene since 1993.