Young soprano Mikki Sodergren has created a niche for herself as a performer who can effortlessly glide between genres. As the 2014 winner of the American Traditions Vocal Competition in Savannah, Georgia, she took home not only the Gold Medal, but also awards for best Johnny Mercer song interpretation and best jazz performance.
With a specific passion and joy for symphonic engagements, Sodergren has performed with the Jacksonville Symphony, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Savannah Philharmonic, the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, the New York Chamber Orchestra, and the Israeli Chamber Orchestra. Concert engagements have ranged from Pops programs to major oratorio works and world premieres.
No stranger to the stage, she has starred in Amarillo Opera’s Les Miserables (Eponine), where she was lauded as having “brought that essential earthiness and longing [to the role]” (Amarillo Globe News), and has been involved with the development of several new works during her time in New York. Mikki cherishes time spent with composers on new materials, and has been afforded the opportunity to be a part of creating memorable roles in shows such as Kerrigan & Lowdermilk’s The Bad Years, the award-winning short musical Bystander by Eric Grunin and Ed Levy, and Looking at You, a technological opera by composer Kamala Sankaram.
Her work in film has been tied to music, starring as Sarah in The Parksville Murders, Ep. 1, an award-winning short opera, written specifically for virtual reality film by Kamala Sankaram and Jerre Dye. Additionally, she portrayed the Shakespearean actress Harriet Smithson in a special performance of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique at Jazz at Lincoln Center, as well as being featured in Connection Lost: l’Opera di Tinder.
Ms. Sodergren is a core member of several professional choral ensembles in Manhattan, most notably the Manhattan Chorale. She enjoys ensemble work, having traveled to Ecuador and Cuba performing with the chamber ensemble Meridionalis, and frequently performs with the Grammy®-nominated Clarion Choir.
Recently, Sodergren was appointed to the role of Artistic Director for the American Traditions Vocal Competition in Savannah, Georgia. She cherishes this opportunity to give back to the musical community of which she is a proud member. She also hopes to use this platform to educate future generations not only on the breadth of styles present in American music, but how being a stylistically versatile singer can help young performers craft a rewarding and viable professional career.