Sofia Mains, soprano, is originally from Mechanicsburg, PA and is a recent graduate of Cumberland Valley High School (CVHS). In the fall, she will begin studying for her BM in Vocal Performance at Eastman School of Music, where she will join the studio of Professor Katherine Ciesinski. She currently studies with Anya Fidelia. She has worked with coaches including Hemdi Kfir, Konstantin Soukhovetski, and Sharon Mohar, and has participated in masterclasses with faculty including Kathleen Kelly, Harolyn Blackwell, and Dr. Kathryn Leemhuis.
Sofia has extensive experience as a soloist, most recently performing “Ach, ich fühl’s” with the CVHS Sinfonietta (May 2023) and presenting a solo graduation recital (May 2023). Her other prior soloist experience includes the CVHS Honors Recital (2022, 2023), the CVHS PRISM Concert (2021, 2022), and as the Master of Ceremonies/Soloist for the Pennsylvania School Board Association Annual Statewide Conference (2019, 2021, 2022). Sofia regularly performs the National Anthem for various events, including the New York Open Judo Championships (2023), PIAA State Football Championships (2022), PIAA State Basketball Championships (2022, 2023), events in Silver Spring Township, and various events at Cumberland Valley High School, including varsity sports. Sofia performed as the vocalist for the CVHS Jazz Band 1 for three years (2021-2023) and has experience in musical theater, having performed in productions such as Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at CVHS as Marie (2021).
As a choral singer, Sofia performed with the CVHS Soaring Voices Select Choral Ensemble as a Soprano 1 and soloist (2019-2023). She was also selected to perform with the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 7 Choir three times (2020, 2021, 2022) and performed in the PMEA Region 5 Choir (2021).
Sofia has held leadership positions for several groups at CVHS. She served as the President of the CVHS Barefoot Players Theater Club (2020-2023) and directed the CVHS 2021 fall play, The Importance of Being Earnest, which was nominated for four Apollo Awards. She is particularly passionate about citizen artistry and giving back to the community. She served as the co-president of Sound of Healing (2022-2023), a organization of student musicians that volunteers at local nursing and assisted living homes to perform music for residents. She has also worked with Washington National Opera to teach preschool children in her community about opera (2022). Sofia has played cello for seven years; she is also conversationally fluent in German and is a member of both National Honors Society and National World Language Honors Society.
Most recently, Sofia has received awards including the National School Choral Award (2023) and the William R. Pierce Academic Achievement Award for Choir (2023). She has previously won awards through competitions including Music in the Parks (Outstanding Vocalist, Choral Division, 2022), the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition (Finalist, High School Art Song, 2022), and YoungArts (Encouragement, National Competition, 2021). She competed in the Pennsylvania Division of the Schmidt Vocal Competition three times, and was awarded as a Finalist (2021, 2022, 2023) and as the Most Promising Sophomore (2021). She has also been selected as a CS Music Certified Artist in the Classical High School Division (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023) and as a CS Music All-State Singer (2023).
During the summer of 2022 and 2023, Sofia studied at the International Vocal Artists Academy of Payerbach in Payerbach, Austria, where she studied with faculty including Vladimir Chernov and Olga Toporkova. She has previously participated in the NYU Summer Classical Voice Intensive (2021), Oberlin Conservatory High School Voice Intensive (2021), and the Washington National Opera Institute (2021).
When she isn't singing, Sofia can often be found baking new recipes, writing, or reading a good book.
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