Sonora Slocum was appointed principal flute of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 2012 at the age of 22. "Slocum's solo work continues to impress. She plays with a clean, well-tuned sound, easily floating through the hall...always creating graceful phrases." (Rick Walters, Shepherd Express).
Slocum has appeared with The Philadelphia Orchestra and performed as guest principal with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed and recorded as principal flute with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York. Slocum has worked under such renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Sir Simon Rattle, Edo de Waart, Otto-Werner Mueller, John Williams and David Zinman, among many others.
Sonora Slocum's performances of Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Johnson City Symphony earned her critical acclaim. “Slocum takes in vast quantities of air and spins it into gold. Hers is a dynamic range that whispers clearly and coherently and grows without tearing at the edges. Slocum has a HUGE sound...and a wizard’s bag resplendent with technical prowess and musical freshness. Slocum played with full-blooded intensity, convincing artistry, and astonishingly, she did it from memory.” (William Barnewitz, Urban Milwaukee). Slocum also earned enthusiastic praise for her performance of J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 2 as soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. "The MSO's principal flutist played Bach's substantial solo part from memory and with great insight. Slocum's extraordinarily detailed and thoughtful articulation revealed the character of the various dances..." (Tom Strini Writes).
Sonora performs regularly with the chamber music series It's Frankly Music, led by MSO Concertmaster Frank Almond. She has collaborated with the contemporary group eighth blackbird on works by George Pearl and Jennifer Higdon. Sonora has spent summers performing at a variety of prestigious Music Festivals including the Lincoln Center Festival, Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Twickenham Fest, led by soprano Susanna Phillips, and the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minnesota.
A native New Yorker, Slocum received a diploma from the Juilliard School Pre-College Division, her Bachelor's Degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and her Master's Degree in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She attended the Music Academy of the West, as well as the Aspen and Pacific Music Festivals. Slocum studied with principal flutists Jeffrey Khaner, Robert Langevin, and Bart Feller, among many others.
Updated August 2017