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Sonya Moomaw

2024 Cello

Sonya Moomaw is a 13-year-old, eighth grader at The School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Sonya has won several competitions including the Pacific Musical Society and Foundation in 2024, the Music Teachers National Association Junior Strings Competition in 2023, and the Cleveland Cello Society Scholarship Competition’s Junior Division in 2022. In January of 2024, she was featured on NPR’s “From the Top”.  She recently placed third in the 27th Annual National Sphinx Competition in the Junior Division. In 2023, she was awarded the Norman E. Johns Chair Award from the Multicultural Awareness Council of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra. 

At age eight, Sonya made her orchestral debut with the University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has had the honor of performing concertos with the Seven Hills Symphony Orchestra, the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, the New Albany Symphony, and the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.  She is looking forward to playing concertos with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra during the summer of 2024.

She has been studying cello with Dr. Sarah Kim for the last ten years.