Sandy Scofield attended the music program at Vancouver Community College then completed an undergrad degree at Simon Fraser University, studying composition with Owen Underhill and electroacoustic music with Barry Truax.
She is a multi-award winning composer, musician and singer, who has studied classical, jazz, African, Indonesian gamelan and electro-acoustic music. For her recordings she has won several music awards and has received three Juno nominations.
Sandy has mentored First Nations singers and songwriters in rudimentary music theory, vocal techniques, songwriting craft, and music-industry protocol. She has toured to festivals on five continents. She has composed for dance, film, television and theatre, with the Aboriginal Welcoming Song for the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies the highlight to date.
Ms. Scofield combines what she has learned as a touring musician, from her composition work at SFU, and from the young musicians she mentors, and applies it to her sense of melody, harmony and rhythm. The result is what writer Phil Paine described as a high-level synthesis of jazz, blues, rock and pop with First Nations traditions. Her music is original, refined and intelligent.