South Bay Singers

for Gilroy, Morgan Hill and Hollister

Sandi Lien - Accompanist

Sandi Lien has over 60 years of experience as an accompanist, starting with playing for church and choirs and individuals in grade school through high school.  She developed a passion for musical theatre and was involved in directing and assistant directing Community Theatre broadway musicals for 12 years. 

​She has accompanied many professional groups and individuals over the years, and while her children were in school, accompanied many musicals, jazz choirs, church choirs, contatas, etc.  She has recorded music with her son and daughter, who are also musicians.  Most recently this spring she was the accompanist for the South Bay Singers concert “Messiah”.

Her goal through the years has been to be the best accompanist she can be and believes that the goal of an accompanist is to support and showcase the artist in the best possible way you can.


Brant has over fifty years of vocal music and choral conducting experience. He began his choral career as a high school choir director and, over time, conducted choirs in the Miss Iowa Pageant, in various churches and, most recently at Gavilan community college.  Brant founded the South Bay Singers in 2013.

Brant graduated from the University of Wisconsin where he studied under Robert Fountain and earned a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting.

In both his teaching and church work, Brant has provided a wide range of musical experiences. He has conducted larger works with chorus and orchestra as well as smaller works with and without instrumental accompaniment. 

Brant Ruggles- Music Director