Sasha Ono is a freelance cellist and music educator in the New York City area. Recent performances include work with Grammy Award-winning jazz musicians, Mozart in the Jungle, Streetlight Manifesto, and Little Kruta Orchestra. Sasha is also a part of a new collaboration with organist Anthony Rispo in a series of concerts performing newly imagined works for organ and cello which was featured at Piccolo Spoleto. She has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, National Sawdust, Avery Fischer Hall (David Geffen Hall), Madison Sq. Garden as well as international performance venues. Recently, she is coming off of a concert tour of Nothern Japan, to raise awareness and funds for areas still heavily impacted by the tsunami and earthquakes.
Sasha is a faculty member for Youth Orchestra of St.Luke’s (YOSL) and has spent the last few years creating and directing a unique Strings curriculum for Brewster Central School District. During her tenure teaching and conducting elementary through 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 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.
In Brewster, New York she directed over 300 students from elementary level to high school in a curriculum she designed herself. Sasha's public school and private studio students have gone achieved top scores at NYSSMA adjudication and have participated in New York All-State ensembles. Currently, Sasha is a Teaching Artist for the Youth Orchestra of St.Luke's and Conductor of the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra String Ensemble. Her curriculum pushes students to explore creativity and emphasizes the importance of personal growth through musical growth.
As an advocate for making live music more available to the public, she founded Lotus Chamber Music Collective. The series presents concerts at informal venues and encourages audience members to engage in meaningful dialogue. The series also collaborates with local music educators to provide resources and workshops for students and highlights composers and performers of color.