Sophia Aley joins Mesa Music with fifteen years’ private teaching experience on French horn, trumpet, in instrumental conducting, music theory/appreciation/history and for beginning piano. A three-year Iowa All-State Musician, she graduated with honors from West Senior High (Iowa City, IA), and after one year in the School of Music at the Univ. of IA, completed her Bachelor’s degree in music at Augustana College (Rock Island, IL). She is a former member of the Quad City Symphony (Davenport, IA) and its Youth Symphony as a member and concerto soloist. While at Augustana, Sophia was a guest conductor of the Concert Band, the Symphony Orchestra and Cello Choir.
Sophia plays horn, trumpet, bass trombone, piano and flute. Her first public performance as a guest conductor took place when she was thirteen years old. At West High, Sophia was a three-year Drum Major for the 280member Trojan Marching Band, played in multiple honor bands every year, played bass trombone in a jazz band for three years and was a guest conductor in her final Wind Ensemble concert. In Summer 2000 she toured Europe with the Iowa Ambassadors of Music Concert Band. By her senior year, Sophia was the Principal Horn for both the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra and won the nationally-recognized John Philip Sousa Award. In all four years she achieved I-Superior ratings in the Solo/Ensemble Festival on solo horn, in horn quartets and in brass choirs.
Sophia is a lifelong patron of all fine arts. She studied English Literature as a minor at Augustana, has written two books of poems and has enjoyed a secondary career of abstract- and expressionist painting and fine art sales since 2006.
Sophia welcomes students of any age on horn (all levels), trumpet (beginning, intermediate), beginning piano and for instrumental conducting (all levels) which will include music theory instruction.
She charges $30/half-hour, $60/hour.