GS student Sondra Woodruff was featured in Commencement Student Stories featuring the Class of 2019. Sondra Woodruff has spent a lifetime making music, and 20 years in the music business, but only got around to studying it at Columbia three years ago. She grew up in a musical family in Pittsburgh, where she followed in her parents’ footsteps by playing multiple instruments. After graduating from high school, Woodruff pursued her dream of becoming a professional musician. She traveled the world, touring with stars such as the Backstreet Boys and Taylor Swift. Eventually, she decided to continue her education.