Sonja Westberg is a freelance harpist, maintaining an active performing and teaching schedule in the DFW metroplex. As a member of the Dallas Chapter of the American Harp society, she is involved with local harp community performances and workshops. Sonja’s mission is to develop and expand the popularity of harp culture and harp playing; She is working towards becoming a certified harp distributor in hopes of making the harp a more accessible instrument for new students. Sonja has promoted the harp both locally and internationally - from the DFW metroplex all the way to India and Southeast Asia.
After completing her Bachelor’s degree, Sonja accepted a six-month contract to play harp internationally for Sound Spirit Event Company based in Mumbai, India. She toured throughout India, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates, performing Bollywood harp music for private weddings and corporate events. In 2017, Sonja returned to Southeast Asia to perform with the UNT HarpBeats as one of the featured ensembles for the 13th World Harp Congress in Hong Kong, China.
As a winner of the 2014 American Harp Society National Harp Ensemble Competition, her arrangement of Inspector Gadget was performed with the UNT HarpBeats ensemble for the American Harp Society Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Other performances extending through the Southwestern region of the United States include concerts with the Santa Fe Symphony, Chorus Abilene, and the Coker Orchestra.
Sonja currently holds the Principal Harp position with the Odysseus North Texas Chamber Orchestra, which is based in the DFW metroplex. In April of 2019, she will be featured performing Debussy's Danse sacrée et danse profane in their Serenity of Strings concert.
Sonja received her Bachelor of Music degree in harp performance from the University of North Texas, where she studied with Dr. Jaymee Haefner. She had the privilege of performing and recording with many of UNT’s top ensembles including Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony, and performed solo features with both the Chamber Choir and A Cappella Choir. She has returned to UNT to pursue her Master of Music degree in harp performance, with a related field in music entrepreneurship.