Sonja Prychitko is a professional violinist, strings teacher, and music scholar 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 ASW. She studies with Dr. Danwen Jiang, and is conducting research on music, mindfulness, and practice. She is a violinist in the ASU Symphony Orchestra and is the orchestra librarian for the ASU Symphany 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 with Dr. Barbara Rhyneer, and was the concertmaster of the NMU orchestra, and a member of the NMU Pit Orchestra. In 2016, she was the recipient f the Performing Artists Award for the UPStarts Performing Artists series with the Pine Mountain Music Festival. She has performed solo and chamber works across Upper Michigan.
Sonja was also 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 and 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 also enjoys playing the viola, piano, guitar, creating transcriptions and arrangements of rock and pop music for string ensembles, and studying music history and theory. She loves animals, reading, learning, movies, writing, photography, travelling, mindfulness/ wellness/ and yoga.