Director of Association
L’Albero della Musica
She was born in Sardegna and she passed her exams for a singing diploma in 2001 at the Conservatory “L. Canepa” in Sassari and then successfully followed perfection courses in singing (with G. Devin, A. Scarabelli and M. Aspinall) and also a course on chamber music when she transferred to Milan in 2002, at the Civil School Foundation in Milan.
She has done numerous concerts both chamber and operistic, without ever leaving her intensive choir activity, including a two year period with the “Chamber complex, civilian choir in Milan.
Her activity progressed with an intense formation in preparatory music (Method “I grow with Music”, Kodaly method (Ritmia in the choir Direction).
In 2011 she attended the first year of Formation in the Director of Choir at the famous G, Verdi Conservatory in Milan.
At the moment she is attending the Formation trainers Course for Orchestra systems and Young Italian choirs at Fiesole and the formation Lis (sign Language in Italian). From 2003 to 2011 she taught children in propedeutic music. She also cooperated with the Civil School in Milan from 2005 to 2011 as a teacher in the primary and infants school and from 2010 she was also a coordinator in various school projects.
From 2011 she is a coordinator in courses and projects in the school chorus.
Since 2014 she was the Director of courses for ‘The tree of Music’ and since 2018 has become President. She directs and prepares the ‘White Voices Choir’ at the school ‘Italo Calvino’ since it began in 2004.
On top of all this since 2016 she has followed as the first person the development of “Proprio in Gamba” for which she is responsible for the social contents on Facebook and Instagram.
Sonia is a very important person for the function of the project ‘Proprio in Gamba’. Let’s ask her some questions to get to know more about her.
Your life is following a very interesting journey and considering that this blog talks about travel, I would lke to try to go over it with you.
Let’s start from the very beginning: you were born in Sardegna and studied music at the Conservatory of Sassari: obtaining a diploma in music when you were 24.
Where does this love from music come from?
I think it was born in me. I’ve always loved singing, since I was a baby but without any particular reason, at home nobody was aware of my particular gift for it. I loved singing with my dear aunty and in particular to sing together in a chorus, which without knowing, influenced the rest of my life.
Your life continues and you settle down in Milan. Tell us why you chose Milan and your first sensations you felt the moment you arrived in this Milanese city.
Were things much different from where you came from?. How long did it take you to settle down here?
The choice was more of an adventure due to the fact that at that point of my life there weren’t many opportunities for my to follow in Sardegna and also I didn’t have any love life to put me off. I was free to make this choice and after almost a month of thinking it over, I was eager to leave.
My first week in this city was passed in doing admission exams and perfection courses, filling out applications for a job and an audition. Everything went perfect and I said to myself: this is a good sign, everything from now on will be ok!!
I arrived in Milan on a beautiful summer day. The first thing that hit my eye was the back of the Cathedral, then I saw the Gallery and right away I fell in love with this city. In the beginning I found it a little hard but all problems were overcome due to my family’s faith and love in me. From then on everything turned out alright.
You acquired your final maturity when you began to work together with children and with the chorus. At that moment did you feel it necessary to turn “your back” on the public, losing the chance of being the only protagonist on the stage, now having to share the applause of the audience with a chorus?
I must say that truly “having my back on the public” was never felt as a loss for me. Instead….to sing alone really frightened me. I felt too much responsibility and as I was very shy, perhaps it wasn’t the right time or the right repertoire for me.
Besides, only when I began again with the choir after singing for years did I realise that I had missed the harmony that only many voices put together can create. For me – I hadn’t lost anything but only gained a lot!
Just think of the fortune to be able to do a concert even when you have a cold!
As a singer on your own you can’t – as a director you can!