A native of Indianapolis, IN, Sophie completed her junior year at Franklin Central High School. She began to play classical piano 10 years ago and continues to pursue these studies. She took up the saxophone five years ago and studied both classical and jazz alto and tenor with Harry Miedema, director of Jazz Studies at the University of Indianapolis.

That connection led her to the lead alto chair for the University’s Big Band two years ago, even though she was, and still is in high school. Last fall she began to play tenor sax in the U of I Jazz Combo. A member of BWJO All Star High School Big Band, Sophie has won numerous honors at jazz festivals including several “Outstanding Soloist” awards.

She plays the piano at her church and has a regular gig at Pauly’s Italian Restaurant with some of her high school classmates. Sophie is also a member of her school’s student council and a feature editor for the school newspaper.

Her favorite tenor player is Hank Mobley and she recently transcribed and played his music at a tribute concert at the U of I. She wants to “learn more about communication and connecting musically with other players” at the Workshop.

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Sophie was selected as an Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Scholar. The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation has provided funding for her Workshop Scholarship.

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