Background, professional training and performance history
Sofie recently moved to Eugene from the Midwest, where she taught a wide variety of students of all levels and ages. Her favorite part about being a freelance musician is getting to collaborate with people, especially sharing music through teaching. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and a Master’s degree in violin performance from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. During her studies, she soloed Sibelius Violin Concerto with orchestra, jammed in a fiddle club, rocked in a heavy metal band, channeled deep listening in improvisation groups, and played in the pit for musicals including Les Misérables and Into the Woods. Sofie has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Kalamazoo Symphony, among others, and is currently the Associate Concertmaster of Rogue Valley Symphony. When she’s not making music, Sofie enjoys running in nature, cooking, sending mail, and playing Pokémon Go, her new pandemic pastime.
Artist statement and teaching philosophy
"I believe that music-making is a birthright which everyone deserves to experience. With my enthusiastic energy and encouraging warmth, you’ll find a welcoming environment that cares for your personal development and creative process. My diverse approach aims to teach according to how you learn for optimal enjoyment while cultivating technique and musicality. Wherever lies your inspiration, I am eager to help explore!"
What she teaches…
Sofie teaches violin of all abilities, beginner piano, and beginner viola, for all ages. Her specialty is classical besides familiarity with fiddling, orchestra tutoring, movie music, arranging and transcribing popular songs for your instrument, and more. She enjoys incorporating games, learning by ear, learning to read music, and ideas from the student into lessons.