Sanford Concert Series
Established in 1999 by artistic/series Director, Lyn Schramm, The Sanford Concert Series was the dream of St. Mary’s county resident, Col. Henry Sanford, a member of the American Guild of Organists, who bequeathed his Rodgers organ to St. Andrew’s in the hopes that it would enhance and increase the music opportunities in the Southern Maryland area, and serve as a magnet for local and professional musical talent.
The dream is now a reality, as musical talent ranging from jazz and blues to choral classical is performed in the acoustically superb St. Andrew’s founded in 1767. The Series provides people in St. Mary’s County and neighboring areas the opportunity for informal yet intimate appreciation of music and the performing arts. Concerts are offered in December, with Christmas Concert a great highlight, and in winter and spring.
The Christmas Concert can include talent from the Washington National Opera, acclaimed women’s ensemble, Two Rivers Harmony as well as
performances by other instrumental groups.
The series also showcases young talent from our area by presenting an annual
concert entitled, “Sounds of Tomorrow,” held on the second Sunday in June. The performance opportunity is designed to provide a stage for talent in a “solo” or “recital” environment. “Sounds of Tomorrow” auditions current high school students 18 and under.
In addition to Lyn Schramm as Director, Robin Witte acts as Assistant Director to
Robin Witte. With her move to St. Mary's County in 2000, she met the Sanford Artistic/Series Director, Lyn Schramm at St. Mary's Ryken High School in 2002 and began assisting her with the SMR Choir, as well as the 2004 SMR Spring Musical of "Once upon a Mattress". Currently the Deputy Class Desk on the Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft program with the Navy at NAS Patuxent River, Robin brings her technical integration skills and intertwines them with the fine arts to assist our series director.