Sandy Henriquez, violin

Sandy Henriquez was born in Indianapolis and moved with her family to Phoenix as she started high school. She graduated from Maryvale High School, then earned a BA in music education at Arizona State University and, later, a master’s degree in church music at Oral Roberts University. She taught music in the Dysart School District for four years, then pioneered the string program in the Paradise Valley School District. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional women’s music fraternity.

She has played violin professionally for 50 years, performing with artists such as Johnny Mathis, Burt Bacharach and Barry White. She currently plays with MusicaNova Orchestra, Scottsdale Philharmonic, West Valley Symphony and La Forza Chamber Orchestra.

She has also been a member of Tempe Symphony (first concertmaster), Phoenix Chamber Orchestra and orchestras in Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Sandy has served as worship leader and choir director in churches, and played in the orchestras of some of the larger churches in the Valley and elsewhere.

In addition to her performing and teaching, she worked in accounting and health insurance claims for over 25 years. Retired from the business world, she continues to make music as much as possible.