Sonora Slocum is principal flute of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and, as a regular soloist with the ensemble, is recognized for her “pure, sparkling sound” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). She has performed with orchestras around the United States, including appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra; and with the Chicago Symphony and the Orpheus Chamber orchestras as guest principal flute. She has recorded and toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; and has appeared on video recordings with the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York. She has performed under conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Sir Simon Rattle, Edo de Waart, Otto-Werner Mueller, John Williams, and David Zinman, among many others.
She has conducted master classes at the Curtis Institute of Music, Carnegie Hall’s NYO2, DePaul University, New Jersey City University, East Tennessee State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She served on the faculty at Curtis Summerfest.
Ms. Slocum regularly performs at the Lincoln Center Festival, Strings Music Festival, Twickenham Fest, Frankly Music, and the Lakes Area Music Festival; and has attended Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and Pacific Music Festival. She has collaborated with the contemporary chamber music group eighth blackbird. In 2019, she was a featured performer at the National Flute Association’s Friday Gala Concert at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City.
Ms. Slocum grew up in New York City, where she attended the pre-college divisions of the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. She holds a bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Slocum has studied with Jeffrey Khaner, Robert Langevin, and Bart Feller, among many others.