Lions Gate Chorus

When one thinks of all that is best in Sweet Adelines, Sandy Robinson Marron immediately comes to mind. Sandy exemplifies the dedication, commitment and unfailing energy needed to be successful, selflessly giving her time and energy to further the barbershop art form in both the women’s and men’s organizations.

With R.C.M. Grade X Piano credentials and an incredible tenor voice, Sandy joined Burnaby Chorus in 1987, plunging head-first into a leadership role and before long was singing and dancing in the front row while honing her skills as an Assistant Director. In 1991, having become a Certified Director through the DCP, she was lured away to direct Lions Gate Chorus.

The chorus has earned six gold medals under her direction, earning Sandy her Master Director pin in 1999, and again in 2002, 2004 and 2006. Sandy’s willingness to “push the envelope” has turned Lions Gate into a fun-loving, innovative, diversified group of women who love to sing and perform popular music, but it is Sandy’s strong commitment to the barbershop style that makes them stand out. The chorus was proud to win the Harmony Achievement Award at International Convention in 1999, and to earn an 11th place mic-testing spot in Phoenix in 2003.

Not content to limit her talents to directing, Sandy became a member of the Regional Management Team in 2000 as Directors’’ Coordinator, and prior to that joined the Regional Music Faculty, coaching almost every chorus in the region over the course of 17 years, which has helped to influence an overall improvement in the musical accomplishments of Region 26.

She joined the International Faculty Program in 2001 and has taught at five International Education Symposia, as well as in the US, Great Britain, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. She coaches regularly and at any Sweet Adelines or BHS convention, you will find her backstage, giving her “coachee” choruses and quartets last-minute words of encouragement before they go on stage. She recently earned the coveted designation of Certified International Faculty member. An accomplishment indeed, and so well-deserved!

Also at the International level, Sandy is an Approved Judge in the Sound Category, enjoying the challenge of writing score sheets that inform as well as encourage. She serves on two International Committees, the Sales and Marketability Committee and the Director Education Coordinators. A talent in demand!

Inspiring and heady though these accomplishments are, for many of us they are all outdone by the thrill of seeing Brava! win the gold in Phoenix in 2003. Sandy’s clear tones in “And So It Goes” brought the house to its knees and after 12 years of watching them compete, Lions Gate could not have been prouder of seeing our Director get that crown pinned to her head. Brava! has been a stellar representative of Region 26 and we will miss hearing them sing for us.

You might be wondering if Sandy has time for another life. Well, interestingly enough, she does! Sandy spends as much time as she can with her mother who lives in Victoria, and after many years as a single woman, married Tim Marron, a police officer in Seattle, last June, and became step-mother to his two young boys. Their love for each other is evident when you see them together and Tim’s support for Sandy’s hectic schedule is to be admired, which includes a seven hour commute on a Tuesday! At any singing convention you can find Sandy and Tim singing tags into the wee hours and teaching them to anyone who wants to learn – always sharing and spreading the love of barbershop around.

Lions Gate Chorus is proud to nominate Sandy Robinson Marron as the Spirit of 26. She represents the chorus, Region 26 and Sweet Adelines International in a manner that is second to none, and her beaming smile is testament to her credo: ”Do what you love and love what you do.”