Sonia Richman is majoring in music education at Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.
How did you discover your passion for music?
I discovered my passion for playing flute through watching and listening to the Cleveland Orchestra as a child. Once I decided to play the flute, I fell in love with performing and took advantage of every incredible performing opportunity that came my way. It’s always such a rewarding experience.
What’s your favorite part about performing?
My favorite part about performing is the feeling of singing through my flute and playing my heart out. When I am playing a piece that I love and connect with, I feel that I am sharing a part of my soul with the audience. I know it makes for an entertaining and meaningful performance for those watching.
What the hardest part about performing?
The hardest part about playing the flute is the practicing and preparation that goes into a performance. Having to pay attention to all the tiny details in a piece is exhausting. It is always mentally challenging to press on during a long rehearsal or a difficult practice session, especially when the reward is only 10 minutes of performing time.
Why did you pick Syracuse University?
I picked Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts because of the incredible professors who push me to be a better musician and a better educator. They have also provided me with amazing opportunities to perform and teach at Syracuse University that I wouldn’t have gotten at another school.
What’s your favorite part about attending Syracuse University?
My favorite part of Syracuse University is the school spirit and pride that all the students have. When it comes to sports, the College of Visual and Performing Arts runs the marching band and the pep band, which are both amazing groups to be in. Performing in front of tens of thousands of people and helping spur the enthusiasm for our teams is so much fun!
How will this program help you after college and where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I think the music education program will help me succeed after college because I am getting real hands-on experience in education and arts administration, both of which I am interested in pursuing. Through observing and student teaching, I have gotten to spend a lot of time in the New York public school system. Through being the student director of the university pep band I have gotten to work with professionals in arts administration and other fields.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years I see myself working in educational outreach at a concert venue or for a professional orchestra.