Sonja Myklebust

Sonja Myklebust

Cello Instructor


Sonja joined the faculty at George Fox University in the fall of 2016. She arrived in Portland from Seattle, having taught at Edmonds Community College and Seattle Music Partners as well as being a teaching artist with and founder of the University of Washington Meany Center's Music Link program.

A freelance musician, Sonja holds positions as principal cello with the Portland Choir and Orchestra and as section cello in the Portland Columbia Symphony. She has made regular performances with Bravo Northwest. A founding member of the Portland Cello Project, Sonja has performed with such artists as Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, the Dandy Warhols, Laura Gibson, and Horse Feathers. She has performed at the Doe Bay Festival, Ashland Shakespeare Festival, Bumbershoot, and performing arts centers across the U.S.

Sonja has been a member of the Vancouver Symphony, as well as principal cellist with Seattle Collaborative Orchestra and Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. A founding member of Inverted Space – an ensemble focused on performing modern and contemporary classical music - Sonja performed in the West Coast premiere of Bruno Maderna's Don Perlimplin as well as standards of the contemporary music canon. She has premiered pieces by composers Greg Sinibaldi, Tom Baker and Francis White, and her recordings appear on the Kill Rock Stars label and Albany Records.

While in graduate school at the University of Washington, Sonja participated in the scholarship chamber ensembles, Oceana String Quartet and Daana Quartet. The Daana Quartet performed in Seattle schools and community centers through a program called Music Link, which Sonja created in collaboration with the UW School of Music and the UW World Series.

Sonja has studied with members of The Juilliard, Corigliano, St. Lawrence, Emerson, and Casals string quartets. As a participant in the Stanford Chamber Music Seminar three years in a row, she studied intensively with the St. Lawrence String Quartet and performed for the Azure Family Concert (for families with children on the autism spectrum) and Bing Concert Hall.

In June 2017, Sonja completed her doctorate at the University of Washington, where she was the Teaching Assistant for professor Toby Saks and visiting artist Eric Gaenslen. Sonja holds a master's degree from the University of Washington and a bachelor's degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland. She is a registered Suzuki teacher through Book 2.