Sonya began playing violin at the age of three and was accepted into the studio of Josef Gingold when she was twelve. She continued her studies with Laurence Shapiro, Ricardo Cyncynates and Robert Gerle.
Sonya is an active chamber musician and has performed at venues such as University of Indianapolis, Pope Paul II Cultural Center, Penn Alps, Church of the Epiphany, National City Christian Church, The Lyceum, French Embassy, Norwegian Embassy. She was recently invited by the US Embassy of Barbados to perform a series of concerts touring the country and surrounding islands.
Ms. Hayes has performed as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra (Young People’s Concert Series), Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (Discovery Concert Series), Prince George’s Philharmonic, Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis.
Sonya is Assistant Principal Second Violin with National Philharmonic Orchestra and performs as a substitute musician for the Washington National Opera. She performs frequently with Virginia Chamber Orchestra, Maryland Lyric Opera and Washington Concert Opera.