SONOS Chamber Orchestra strives to be a vibrant alternative in the New York City cultural landscape. In a city that is internationally recognized for its active arts scene, SONOS seeks to discover adventurous works that offer artistic strength and potential beyond common acceptance and to expose audiences to the value of these compositions. At the same time, SONOS seeks to discover new venues and performance spaces, particularly in under-served neighborhoods of the city.
Under the direction of its founders: Music Director and Conductor Erik Ochsner, and musicians Allen Alexander and Pamela Ajango French, SONOS began its work by focusing and exploring artistic opportunities in the diverse and unique neighborhoods throughout Upper Manhattan, including Washington Heights, Inwood, and the Upper East Side.
SONOS currently is a flexible and versatile group of young professional musicians devoted to the promotion and performance of under-appreciated works from the traditional repertoire, along with innovative new works showcasing the talents of dedicated contemporary composers.
SONOS Chamber Orchestra and Members of SONOS Chamber Orchestra are comprised of a diverse group of musicians drawn from local Manhattan resources, mostly graduates of the three main conservatories, Juilliard, Manhattan and Mannes, and are actively pursuing the rich music opportunities that New York City has to offer.
SONOS has performed in a wide variety of venues, including community concerts, established music series, charitable gala events, collaborative choral concerts, national celebrations, and even outdoor garden parties.
SONOS recently presented in an educational workshop sponsored by the Flushing Art Council entitled Beat in Music .
SONOS also feels a responsibility to promote artistic development in a music education setting and to provide community outreach services.
Photo by Tony Dougherty