Sr. Director of Operations and Orchestra Manager
Sonja Winkler joined the Nashville Symphony as Senior Director Operations and Orchestra Manager in January 2015. 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's work also included overseeing all concert production and working on electronic media projects for the Pittsburgh Symphony. Sonja comes from a very musical family and began studying the oboe at age 9. She was awarded a Bachelors of Music at the Eastman School of Music and Masters of Music at 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 playing the Oboe Concerto by Ellen Taafe Zwillich. Sonja was also a performer in Carnegie Hall's 2006 workshop with David Robertson: Music of Messiaen and Varèse. Sonja lives in Nashville with her husband, Jordan, and son, Ethan.