Performer and educator, Sophie Volpe is dedicated to excellent musicianship, connecting with audiences and teaching aspiring musicians.
Sophie has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Symphoria Symphony, Clinton Symphony and was scheduled to play with the Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic (canceled due to COVID-19). She has performed with musicians from the Metropolitan Opera, Saint Louis Symphony, Empire Brass Quintet, and The United States Army Band and has performed in Severance Hall with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and David Geffen Hall with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra. Most recently, Sophie was a finalist in the International Women’s Brass Conference 2019 Mock Audition Competition in Tempe, Arizona.
Sophie is a founding member of the Broken Bones Trombone Quartet, who have performed in masterclasses for the Canadian Brass Quintet and the Navy Brass Quintet. The Broken Bones are committed to enriching their community through live concerts; they have performed at the Strong Memorial Hospital, numerous nursing homes, and the George Eastman House Museum. In 2019, they commissioned a work titled Mystic Episodes from trombonist and composer Jack Courtright. The Broken Bones have partnered with Blackbinder Scores to develop their instant scrolling technology for chamber ensembles.
In addition to her professional performance career, Sophie is also a dedicated teacher. Most recently, she held the position of Brass Teaching Assistant at Interlochen Arts Camp in the summer of 2018 and 2019, where she was regarded as a “fine teacher, excellent role model and a great [trombone] player” -- Tom Riccobono.
Sophie is an alumna of the Eastman School of Music where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance and Music Education as a student of Larry Zalkind. In her time at Eastman Sophie was awarded a Performer’s Certificate and the Steve Witser Award for Excellence. Sophie received her high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy.