Sandra Gay (b. 1943) earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in organ performance and pursued advanced training at the Eastman School of Music where she studied composition with Samuel Adler and organ with David Craighead. Sandra has composed music in nearly every genre—including works for orchestra, choral ensembles, instrumental ensembles, handbell choir and ensemble, piano, organ, and other solo instruments. A special interest of hers has been the composition of hymns. Tidings of Great Joy, Sandra's Christmas cantata, has been performed by a variety of American churches. Sandra received a commission for a featured organ composition (Parables) for the 2005 Poughkeepsie Region II/III Convention of the American Guild of Organists. The village of Webster, New York also commissioned Webster Trilogy for solo organ in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the town's founding.