Sophia Schölch

Hannover, Germany

Oklahoma City University, BM Viola Performance, 2022
DePaul University, MM Viola Performance, 2024

Sophia Schölch is currently a graduate student at DePaul University, where she studies with Ann-Marie Brink. In previous summers she has participated in Chicago Summer Opera, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and Brevard. Growing up in Germany, Sophia was exposed to music from an early age, and her performances today are still shaped by her early music training in Germany, with an emphasis on ensemble playing and collaboration.

What inspired you to become a musician?
Growing up with classical music (mostly Mozart and Tchaikovsky) and hearing my first orchestra concert in Germany when I was five.

Name three of your favorite composers:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Max Richter, Clara Schumann

What is an interesting fact about you and/or your instrument?
I'm obsessed with crosswords and I solve one almost every day.

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
Biking, taking long walks outside, and reading

Why did you choose the NRO?
I'm looking forward to a really engaging orchestra experience that resembles a professional setting, both with regard to the pieces programmed and the length of the rehearsal cycles. I chose the NRO for the opportunity to learn a lot more orchestra repertoire in a short amount of time, and to learn how to prepare orchestra parts more efficiently.