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Sasha Mitsuko Ono

Sasha Mitsuko Ono

  • She/Her
  • Biography

    Sasha Ono is a freelance cellist and music educator in the New York City area where she performs and records music in various genres. Recent performances include work with Grammy Award-winning jazz musicians, NPR Tiny Desk, 8-Bit Big Band, mxmtoon, Mozart in the Jungle, Streetlight Manifesto, and Little Kruta Orchestra. Sasha has been featured as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician on National TV, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, National Sawdust, Avery Fisher Hall (David Geffen Hall), Madison Sq. Garden as well as international performance venues. International performances include a tour of Northern Japan to raise awareness and funds for areas still heavily impacted by the tsunami and earthquakes.

    As an advocate for classical music reflecting the experiences of wider communities, she founded Lotus Chamber Music Collective which focuses on performing compositions by women, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ composers - and recently was awarded a grant by Chamber Music America.

    Sasha is the Community Partner and Education Director for OrchestraOne NYC which puts community involvement and education at the forefront of all of their programming.

    Sasha is a faculty member for Orchestra of St.Luke’s (YOSL) and is the former Orchestra Director of the Elementary and High School Brewster Central School District orchestra programs. During her tenure teaching and conducting elementary and high school orchestras, Sasha developed a unique strings curriculum focused on developing perseverance, building effective practice techniques, and learning music literacy through ear training. At YOSL, she works as a group cello instructor as well as a consultant and creator of student assessments. Sasha is also the current conductor of the String Orchestra at the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, conductor of Beginning and Intermediate Ensembles at Opportunity Music Project, and cello instructor for New Jersey Symphony Orchestra training ensemble.

    Sasha received her B.A in Cello Performance under the direction of Julia Lichten at SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Music and Masters of Arts in Music Education from Manhattanville College where she received the Fromkin Award and became a New York State Certified Music Teacher

    Professional Experience

    • Off Broadway
    • Regional
    • Concerts/Cabaret
    • Education
    • TV/Film

    Regions

    • NYC/Tri-State Area

    Interested in touring?

    • Yes

    Maestra Expertise

    • Pit Musician (Other)
    • Music Contractor/Coordinator
    • Voice Teacher (Educational Institution)

    My Instruments

    • Cello

    Software

    • Finale
    • Logic

    Additional Skills

    • Actor-Musician
    • Home Studio Whiz

    Affiliations

    • ASCAP

    Person of Color?

    • Yes