Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sophia Filippone is a performer, teacher, and a strong advocate for equity in the arts. Sophia commenced her higher education in French Horn Performance at the Mannes School of Music. After two years, she transferred to Manhattan School of Music to complete her Bachelor of Music degree. Both at MSM and Mannes, she had the privilege of studying under the tutelage of Michelle Baker.
During her undergraduate years, Sophia enjoyed working with her brass quintet, a two-time winner of the Fuch’s Chamber Competition. Following the first competition, her brass quintet was given the opportunity to be mentees of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s chamber music program where they were coached by Michael Powell, trombonist of the American Brass Quintet. A year prior, Sophia was a soloist mentee of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s studying with Joseph Anderer.
In 2022, Sophia started working as a weekly substitute with the Houston Symphony. At the same time, she has been working towards her master’s degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where she is studying under William VerMeulen.
Even amidst her busy academic and professional schedule, Sophia makes time to contribute to her community. She teaches masterclasses, sectionals, and private lessons to middle and high school students in the Houston area. Her aim is to promote inclusivity in the arts and make a positive impact on her community through her teaching.
Sophia Filippone’s journey in music reflects her dedication and determination. But it is not just about her accomplishments; it’s also about her passion for education and her commitment to her community. Through her work, she hopes to inspire future generations of musicians and create a more equitable arts environment.