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Sonora Slocum, Principal, Margaret and Roy Butter Flute Chair

Sonora Slocum

Sonora Slocum is principal flute of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. "Slocum's solo work continues to impress. She plays with a clean, well-tuned sound, easily floating through the hall rather than slicing the air, always creating graceful phrases." (Shepherd Express, 3/14)

Ms. Slocum has performed with orchestras throughout the United States and Asia. She has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra and performed as guest principal with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Slocum has worked under such renowned conductors as James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Sir Simon Rattle, Edo de Waart, Otto-Werner Mueller, and David Zinman, among others.                   

Currently performing with the chamber series Frankly Music, led by MSO Concertmaster Frank Almond, Ms. Slocum has also collaborated with the contemporary group eighth blackbird on works by Jennifer Higdon, George Perle, and Frederic Rzewski.

A native New Yorker, Ms. Slocum received her bachelor of music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and her master of music degree in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She attended Music Academy of the West, as well as the Aspen and Pacific Music Festivals. Slocum studied with principal flutists Jeffrey Khaner and Robert Langevin, among many others.

An Extended Play (EP) is now available for download exclusively at The EP features a chamber version of J.S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, a work Ms. Slocum also performed as soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra during the 2013.14 season.


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