Sandi Hammond founded the Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus in November of 2014. She has a BA in music from Earlham College, where she was a merit-based fine arts scholar in music and also the recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship in choral conducting. In her early twenties she sang as a member with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the John Oliver Chorale. A grant recipient from the MIT Council for the Arts, Sandi has performed as a vocalist on WGBH radio, both as a classical singer and a jazz artist with the vocal trio ESP, with whom she has also sung at notable clubs such as the Regattabar and the Soho series Out By Ten in New York City. In 2000 she released a track as a singer-songwriter as one of 27 women artists on the all-women's compilation CD, RESPOND, which was picked by Columbia Records and raised over $400,000 for an area domestic violence shelter by the same name. Sandi has over 20 years' experience teaching voice, beginning piano, songwriting, and ear training. Sandi is currently working on two musicals, and also recently founded the Butterfly Women's Human Rights Choir, which premiered an original work of hers, Malala's Song to the Taliban, in April of 2015. In October 2015, Sandi and the Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus received the Lavender Rhino Award at the LGBT History Project's HistoryMaker Awards.