What a great pleasure it was to interview Sonia Marie yesterday, one of the first female orchestra conductors in the world.  Among many accolades Sonia became the first woman in history to receive a Vatican invitation to conduct a symphony orchestra at a Papal Mass by Catholic Pope Benedict XVI.

She currently conducts Santa Cecilia Orchestra with scheduled appearances at Thorne Hall, Occidental College April 29, 2012.  

This sizzling music conductor takes great pride in presenting the Music of latino composers.  

In the world of classical music, dominated by male conductors, Sonia Marie De León de Vega stands as a beacon of hope and inspiration. As one of the first female orchestra conductors in the world, she has shattered glass ceilings and paved the way for future generations of women in music.

Sonia’s journey began in Los Angeles, where she was raised in a musical family. Her passion for music was ignited early on, and she began studying piano and violin at a young age. Her talent and dedication led her to pursue a degree in music at the University of Southern California, where she further developed her conducting skills.

Despite facing numerous challenges and prejudices in a male-dominated field, Sonia persevered, driven by her unwavering passion for music. Her determination and talent soon earned her recognition, and she began conducting orchestras around the world.

In 2005, Sonia made history when she became the first woman to receive a Vatican invitation to conduct a symphony orchestra at a Papal Mass. This momentous occasion marked a significant milestone in her career and solidified her position as a pioneer in the world of classical music.

Sonia’s commitment to promoting Latino composers is another facet of her remarkable career. She has championed the works of Latino composers, showcasing their talent and contributions to the classical music repertoire. Through her efforts, she has brought greater recognition and appreciation for Latino music on a global scale.

Currently, Sonia serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, a renowned orchestra based in Los Angeles. She continues to inspire and empower young musicians, especially women, through her mentorship and unwavering dedication to music education.

Sonia Marie De León de Vega is a true trailblazer, a woman who has broken down barriers and paved the way for future generations of female conductors. Her passion for music, her unwavering determination, and her commitment to promoting Latino composers make her an inspiration to all.

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