Sonja Thoms, Founder

Orchestra Careers was created by Sonja Thoms. Sonja studied oboe at Eastman School of Music (BM 2003) and Rice University (MM 2005) with the dream to be in an orchestra one day. It wasn't until after graduate school that Sonja discovered a career in Orchestra Operations would be a perfect fit. Now, Sonja has over 14 years of experience working in Orchestra Operations for professional orchestras (Pittsburgh Symphony 2006-2014 and Nashville Symphony 2015-present). Sonja has always been committed to mentoring those interested in orchestra careers. She has developed effective internship experiences in addition to personalized coaching, educational resources and group presentations. In 2018, Sonja created an innovative class for Belmont University's Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business called "The Business of Orchestras". Sonja uses coaching to help each person discover, strengthen and showcase the value they can bring to the work of orchestras.

Brianna Owens, Content Creator

Brianna Owens is a Music Industry major at Middle Tennessee State University. Her main instrument is clarinet, which she has been playing for 7 years. She currently manages a clarinet quartet at school, and is interested in management, marketing, and social media marketing. She has previously worked with the Tennessee Philharmonic Orchestra as their Marketing/Media Intern. Currently she is a Senior Sales Associate at Music & Arts in Murfreesboro, TN. Her goal is to have an offstage orchestra career, so she is very excited to be working as a content creator for Orchestra Careers! 

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