Lauded for playing “with fire and commitment” (Schenectady Gazette 2010), flutist Jill Sokol is an established presence on the Northeast music scene. Ms. Sokol is Second Flutist with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Her varied freelance schedule also includes the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, regional opera companies in the New York City area, and she has shared the stage with popular musicians Josh Groban and Natalie Merchant. A strong advocate of new music, Ms. Sokol has performed with the Locrian Chamber Players, Argento Chamber Ensemble, SEM Ensemble and the Pone Ensemble for New Music. Previous affiliations include the Dicapo Opera Theatre, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, as well as the New Haven, Westchester, and Albany Symphonies. In May 2004, she gave her solo debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as winner of the Artist International Competition. As a chamber musician she has performed at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Aspen Music Festival, and has led several ensembles of her own.
Ms. Sokol is an Adjunct Professor at Kean University and has served as an Instructor at the Skidmore College Summer Flute Institute. She also maintains a private teaching studio. Passionate about educational outreach, Ms. Sokol has taught for the Composers of the Future program sponsored by the Westchester Chamber Orchestra. She has given instrument demonstrations as part of the New York Philharmonic Young Composers Program and for the American Composers Orchestra. Ms. Sokol completed her Doctorate degree at Stony Brook University, under the tutelage of Carol Wincenc. She received her Master’s degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and her Bachelor’s degree at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.