Sofie Yang

Violin I

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sofie moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2021 and plays with the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Mozart Players, Eugene Opera, Eugene Concert Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony, and is Associate Concertmaster of the Rogue Valley Symphony. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin with Samantha George, where she was featured on Wisconsin Public Radio with her string quartet, won the concerto competition performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto, played in a fiddle club, and rocked in a heavy metal band. Sofie completed her Master’s degree with Janet Sung at DePaul University in Chicago, during which she participated in chamber ensembles across the city that promote works by underrepresented composers and bring performances to unconventional settings. As a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 2017-2019, she had the privilege to work with Ricardo Muti and Yo-Yo Ma, among others, and offer musical outreach to the Chicago community. During her summers, Sofie has attended the Blackburn Music Academy of Festival Napa Valley, Stowe Tango Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Silk Road Project’s Global Musician Workshop, College Light Opera Company, and was recently a violin extra for the Britt Festival. She was also a mentor and counselor for four years at the Madison Summer Music Clinic, encouraging young artists in her home state. In addition to performing, Sofie teaches violin and piano at various local music schools and enjoys exploring the nature of the Pacific Northwest.