Singing is a key element of Sonya’s varied musical career, both as a soloist and as an ensemble musician. She focuses predominantly on music composed before the classical era and and after the start of the 20th century. She has appeared as featured soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, Washington Cathedral Choral Society, and Washington Bach Consort, and was the narrator for Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London in collaboration with the Purcell School.
Sonya has had several pieces written for her, including “archy interviews a pharoah” by Joanna Lee and Orkney Songs by Douglas Buchanan. She has also premiered a variety of pieces, both as a soloist and as an ensemble member. She is the founder of hexaCollective, an ad hoc vocal ensemble based in Baltimore, MD. For more information about this ensemble, visit the hexaCollective site!
Singing was a driving factor for her own continued learning. Each of her degrees and study programs after her undergraduate at Boston University (at The Knack at ENO Baylis in London, Trinity College of Music in London, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales, and at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD) focused principally on singing.
Sonya approaches all her music making with humor. She frequently mentions unicorns, superheroes, ballerinas and meowing, and regularly convinces fellow musicians to adopt meowing as part of their everyday lives. This same humor is a major element in her vocal teaching. She feels that a solid vocal foundation will always be improved by fun and with whimsy. She is adamant that all of her students find appropriate repertoire that speaks to them, and she always hopes to share the joy of singing with everyone she works with.