Sandi Rabas Bio
Sandi Rabas, pianist, began playing honky-tonk piano on the knees of her grandmother, who was playing for the Methodist church revivals. Miss Rabas began serious study at the age of three and began accompaniment study at the age of ten for her mother, an opera singer. Living in Billings since 1978, Sandi has been church organist and coordinator of music ministries since 1979.
As staff pianist for Rimrock opera, she has played for The Barber of Seville, Madama Butterfly, The Merry Widow, Carmen, Tosca, La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, Così fan tutte and Girl of the Golden West. Amongst her opera duties, Ms. Rabas plays in the orchestra, augmenting the sound of different instruments on an electric keyboard, or she can be seen in the balcony at the Alberta Bair Theater, or running the Supertitle machine. Sandi has also played outreach opera’s in the community, including Madama Butterfly, The Telephone, Gourmet Dinners, Laurel Ford Christmas, RO’s general auditions, Met to Broadway and The Night Harry Stopped Smoking school tour. Ms. Rabas made her Opera Idaho debut, playing concerts and the production of Madama Butterfly. Sandi has also accompanied for Rimrock Opera Chorus for Kids (R.O.C.K.); the year round chorus group for singing kids. In July 2005, Ms. Rabas was the accompanist for Rimrock opera’s ‘One Act’ Festival, playing all four one-act operas in one evening: Sister Angelica, Impresario, The Hand of Bridge and The old Maid and the Thief. She has a private piano and accompaniment studio. She is married to Randy, a letter carrier and organist. They have four children and four grandchildren.