Hi there, I’m Sonja!
I am passionate about my faith, family and serving the world through music!
Whether it means performing or mentoring children in their musical abilities, music has been important to me all of my life.
I graduated in 2007 from Biola University in Southern California with a Bachelor of Music Degree (B.Mus) in Violin Performance.
As a professional musician, I have been blessed with opportunities to perform in countries around the world including Germany, Romania, and throughout the United States and Canada. Being able to use music as a ministry, both in mission settings and local church settings, is a dream come true.
I am so lucky to be able to inspire children to love music themselves, whether that means performing, enjoying, or listening.
I have been teaching private violin, piano, and voice lessons to children since 2005 (I started teaching as a teenager!) and in recent years have had the privilege of conducting the Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir.
Currently, I direct a private music studio of violin students, freelance as a professional violinist and am the conductor of The Alumni Project, a choral ensemble.
As I began to homeschool and teach music to my own children, I felt a growing desire to give every family the opportunity to be drawn into music, without the financial commitment of private music lessons and instruments. This is how My Homegrown Symphony was birthed!
If you’re curious to learn more about me and my family, here are three fun facts you might not know:
- I grew up in a family of four girls, all of which are musical! We were often called the Von Trapp family of Abbotsford!
- My fourth baby was overdue and happened to arrive the same day I was scheduled for a local concert performance. Needless to say, I performed later that day with a brand new baby hiding out backstage.
- We share a property with my husband's parents on a piece of land that has been in the family for over 35 years.
When I’m not busy teaching my own kids, you can catch me out on a run, baking up something delicious, or biking local trails with my family.
I’m so grateful you had a moment to visit my website and for taking an interest in My Homegrown Symphony!
As always, feel free to reach out and connect, I'd love to hear from you!