Sandra Baumgarten, 37
Stay-at-home mother
Brush Prairie, Washington
United States

Sandra Baumgarten received a degree in piano performance from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 2001, worked briefly as a flight attendant, and then, as a stay-at-home mother, became active in her church. Inspired by the Amateur Competition, she aims to prove to herself that she is not a “has-been pianist,” but rather one who continues to grow and refine her skills. Also a voice soloist, Ms. Baumgarten is a fan of musical theater and sacred choral music. In addition to her musical pursuits, she enjoys running, dancing, and painting. An avid baker, she maintains a cooking blog and has reviewed recipes for Clean Eating magazine. Her own recipe for chocolate-covered candy canes was featured in A Taste of Home magazine in 2013.


Preliminary Round
SCARLATTI   Sonata in E Major, K. 380
LISZT   Concert Etude No. 3 in D-flat Major (“Un Sospiro”)

Quarterfinal Round
BACH   Fantasia in C Minor, BWV 906
MOZART   Sonata No. 12 in F Major, K. 332: I. Allegro
CHOPIN   Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, op. 47

Semifinal Round
BACH   Prelude and Fugue in E Major, WTC II, BWV 878
MOMPOU   Cancion y Danza No. 6
BRAHMS   Two Rhapsodies, op. 79

Final Round
SCHUMANN   Piano Concerto in A Minor, op. 54: I. Allegro affetuoso