Soprano Sophie Amelkin’s recent concert appearances include performances of Libby Larsen’s monodrama The Magdalene as a Professional Fellow at SongFest in LA, soprano soloist in the world premiere of Paul John Rudoi’s Sermon on the Mount with Magnum Chorum, Faure’s Requiem with the St. John’s Music Series, and as a featured soloist for Ērik Ešenvald’s O Salutaris Hostia with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Recent stage credits include Despina (Così fan tutte), St. Teresa of Avila (Four Saints in Three Acts), Bianca (La Rondine), and Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro).
In April of 2018, Sophie was featured as resident soprano in collaboration with Skål Chamber Collective in its debut concert in St. Paul, MN. As a chamber musician and ensemble singer, Sophie performs with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, Brevitas, Skylark Vocal Ensemble and the Twin Cities based ensemble MPLS (imPulse). Sophie holds degrees in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (B.M.) and the University of Minnesota (M.M.)
Sophie’s teaching philosophy stems from a belief that great singers build their voices and overall craft on a foundation of strong, practiced technique, as well as expressive, adventurous, dramatic exploration. She believes that technicality and expressivity serve one another beautifully. She also strongly advocates for the study of theory and piano to better serve students throughout their musical lives.