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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media

Carmen Sandim

Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Department

​Carmen Sandim began studying the piano at age seven. A native of Brazil, she performed with the Sao Paulo Youth Symphony and won two national competitions in both Brazilian jazz and classical piano performance categories by the age of seventeen. She moved to the US in 1996 to continue her training at Berklee College of Music in Boston where she was taught by Vuk Kulenovich, Hal Crook, Ed Tomasi, among others.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude, she moved to Washington DC where she was employed as a music composer for radio and television programs. During her time there, she won several Addy Awards for her compositional excellence, co-wrote and arranged an original piano quintet CD, Vista De Mar, and ran her own music production company, JAM - JustAddMusic. In 2001, her orchestral composition, We The People, was released internationally by the German publisher SONOTON. One of her most recent projects is a CD of original compositions recorded live at Dazzle.

Currently living in Boulder, Colorado, Sandim is a prominent performer and music educator, she teaches piano and composition lessons at her home studio, as well as music classes at Naropa University and Metropolitan State College of Denver. Carmen holds a Bachelor's degree in film scoring, a Master's degree in jazz performance and pedagogy.​