Sr. Director of Operations and Orchestra Manager
Sonja Thoms joined the Nashville Symphony as Senior Director of Operations and Orchestra Manager in January 2015. Sonja's work includes overseeing concert production, Collective Bargaining Agreement compliance and managing electronic media projects. Previously, Sonja was the Director of Operations and Touring at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where she had the opportunity to manage multiple international tours to Europe and Asia, in addition to several domestic tours to Washington DC, Florida, New York, Quebec and North Carolina.
Sonja has a great interest in leadership training, which led her to participate in the League of American Orchestra's 2017-18 Emerging Leader Program and volunteer at leadership conferences including TEDx Nashville.
Sonja comes from a very musical family and began studying oboe at age 9. She was awarded a Bachelors of Music from Eastman School of Music and Masters of Music from Rice University in Oboe Performance. As an oboist, Sonja has performed with the Lucerne Academy Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, New World Symphony, Alarm Will Sound new music ensemble, and soloed with Ossia new music ensemble performing the Oboe Concerto by Ellen Taafe Zwillich. Sonja also performed in Carnegie Hall's 2006 workshop with David Robertson: Music of Messiaen and Varèse.