Sonja Prychitko is a professional violinist, strings teacher, and music scholar residing in Phoenix, Arizona. Sonja is currently pursuing a second Master’s degree in Violin Performance at Arizona State University. In 2021, she graduated with her first Master of Music in Violin Performance Pedagogy from ASU. Sonja studies violin with Dr. Danwen Jiang, and is conducting research on music, mindfulness, and practice.
She is a violinist in the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra and the orchestra librarian for the ASU Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, and Studio Orchestra. In addition to her musical studies, Sonja holds two degrees from Northern Michigan University: a Master of Science in General Psychology (2017) and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology for Graduate Preparation (2014). As a graduate student, Sonja studied cognitive psychology and specialized in music cognition and perception research.
Throughout her education at NMU, Sonja studied violin with Dr. Barbara Rhyneer. Sonja was the concertmaster of the NMU Orchestra, a member of the NMU Pit Orchestra, first violinist in several string quartets, and a member of various chamber ensembles. Sonja regularly performed as a section violinist with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra (2008-2019), Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra (2012-2019), Marquette Choral Society Chamber Orchestra, and Lake Superior Theater Orchestra.
In 2016, Sonja was the recipient of the Performing Artist Award for the UPstarts Performing Artist series with the Pine Mountain Music Festival. She performed solo and chamber works in three recitals across Upper Michigan. Sonja was a founding member, violinist, and arranger in a pop-rock chamber group, Eclettico (2008-2015). In 2014, Eclettico received a Performing Artist Award from the Marquette Arts & Culture Center for their community outreach through music education. Sonja also joined the progressive rock group, The Terminal Orchestra, with whom she toured the Midwest and recorded several tracks on violin and viola for their second album, Leave Home, Rabbit (2017).
Sonja and colleague Alexis Mahler attended the SAVVY Arts Venture Challenge at the University of South Carolina (2014), a professional development workshop for music entrepreneurs run by Dr. David Cutler, where they designed a music business model and won the top prize for their creation. Along with colleagues Alexis Mahler and Matt Mitchell, Sonja held the role of director, business manager, and librarian of the Upper Peninsula Youth Orchestra (2014-2018) under the mentorship of Dr. Barbara Rhyneer.
Sonja also enjoys playing the viola, piano, and guitar, creating transcriptions and arrangements of rock and pop music for string ensembles, and studying music history and theory. Aside from her many musical endeavors, Sonja loves animals, reading, learning, movies, writing, photography, traveling, mindfulness/wellness, and yoga teaching. She currently lives in Minesota but is still an active participate of Jubilate. She plays Violin in a Full Youth Orchestra and teaches basic music theory to younger students.