Northern Lights: Canadian National Conservatory of Music
Sandra Mogensen has extensive pedagogical experience, both as a piano teacher and a coach for singers. Having taught piano internationally via Skype since 2012, she was well-positioned to continue her online teaching when the pandemic situation arose. A former senior member of the Royal Conservatory of Music Board of Examiners, Sandra is currently examining for Northern Lights Canadian National Conservatory of Music and Conservatory Canada. She enjoys adjudicating students of all ages and levels, as a way to support and encourage personal and musical development, while sharing her love for music.
As a performer, pianist Sandra Mogensen is equally at home in two worlds: performing as a solo pianist and co-performing with singers in recital. She has played in concert in both capacities in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Latvia, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria. In early 2019, Ms. Mogensen’s focus turned to the music of female composers. Her first recording in the series of six albums entitled en pleine lumière was released in December 2019, spotlighting composers born in mid-1800. Volume two (composers born 1870-1900) recording sessions have been postponed due to the pandemic. This series of six recordings is of solo piano music by undeservedly overlooked women who composed, from the romantic era up to present day. She has also co-founded a project called ‘Piano Music She Wrote’, in which all piano music on International Music Score Library Project (imslp.org) composed by women has been catalogued in an online directory to thousands ofpieces. The ‘Piano Music She Wrote’ YouTube channel features Sandra’s and her co-founderErica Sipes’ performances of some of this music, with a repertoire that continues to expandweekly. Sandra has also recently released two elementary level Piano Music She Wrote anthologies for pianostudents, published by Debra Wanless. In addition, Sandra has created two directories forthose interested in vocal repertoire composed by women: ‘Lieder She Wrote’ and ‘Mélodies She Wrote’. Sandra’s first solo recording, Piano Music of Edvard Grieg, recorded in December 2006, was warmly received and praised. Since then, Sandra has become known as a specialist in Grieg’s music, having released four recordings of the great Norwegian composer’s music so far.
Sandra is Executive Co-Director of the Northern Lights Canadian National Conservatory of Music (CNCM).