Sandor Salgo was born in Budapest. As a student in Berlin he studied the violin and conducting, and performed in the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Wilhelm Furtwangler. He came to the United States in 1937, and to Stanford in 1949. He was conductor of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, the Stanford Opera Theater, the Carmel Bach Festival, and the Marin Symphony.
The Bach Festival Chorale is a carefully trained and highly disciplined concert organization of young professional singers. According to one critic "it is like a group of singing concertmasters" capable of executing solo parts at any time