Teaching Artist, Cello
Office Location: Fine Arts Center
Sandra Tatge has been a music educator in Iowa for 42 years. She obtained a BME from Drake University where she studied cello under John Ehrlich. She has been a member of the Des Moines Symphony cello section since 1965, and has maintained a private cello studio of some 20 students for over 40 years.
She is active as a cellist doing many gigs in the Des Moines area. She was co-chair of the Des Moines Symphony Young Artist’s Competition for 12 years, and she and her co-chair were chose in 1991 as the national winners of the Outstanding Education Award from the American Symphony League Conference that year.
She has taught strings in the Des Moines Public Schools at all levels for 27 years, taking a 14 year hiatus 1983-1998 to raise her two children. During this time period, she established a thriving orchestral program for the Des Moines Area Suzuki Institute, with which she is associated. This program was absorbed into the Des Moines Symphony Academy orchestra program five years ago. Thirteen years ago she re-entered public school education as the director of the Roosevelt Orchestra program in Des Moines. The Roosevelt Orchestra program under her direction has won many national awards at various festivals around the country, and many of the students from the program have advanced to important placements at major music colleges and universities throughout the country. She also directed orchestras and taught cello for five years at the Colorado Suzuki Institute when located in Snowmass, Colorado from 2001-2006.
In 2010, she was chosen as “Classroom teacher of the Year” by her colleagues in the Iowa String Teachers Association, a designation of which she is very proud. She currently is busy around the state as a judge for the Iowa High School Music Association, as well as several competitions occurring around the state.