Sofia DiNatale ’23, School of Fine Arts

Sofia DiNatale reflects on her time at UConn

Portrait of Sofia DiNatale

Portrait of Sofia DiNatale, taken April 6, 2023. (Sydney Herdle/UConn Photo)

Sofia DiNatale is comfortable being on stage in front of an audience all by herself.

As a music major focused on performance, this academic year alone she’s delivered two solo recitals, one on cello in December and the other on piano in April. That’s after similar “half recitals” her junior year, each a half-hour long.

“I have a performance at least once a week, whether it be accompanying a musician, a chamber group, or an ensemble,” she says, noting that for music majors the practice-performance-repeat cycle gets more intense as the semester progresses. “It’s a lot of work, but extremely rewarding.”

Why did you choose UConn?

UConn has more than 20,000 undergraduate students, over 100 majors, and 700 clubs, and I thought it was remarkable that everyone finds their place. I was fortunate to have insight into the community from my older sister, Giana, who graduated in 2020 with a BA in Music. I visited campus on a regular basis, and every time I did, I remember thinking, “This is where I want to be.” UConn was also one of the only institutions that had the flexibility for me to pursue two degrees, with concentrations in two instruments.

What’s your major/field of study, and what drew you to it?

My majors are political science and instrumental performance in piano and cello. Although they might seem completely different, they both cater to passions/interests I have had since a young age. I began learning piano and cello in elementary school and participated in festivals, competitions, and ensembles throughout my whole life, so I knew it was something I could not be without. I chose to major in political science because of its opportunities in different sectors, including government and law.

What activities were you involved in as a student?

I have been fortunate enough to be able to involve myself in both the School of Fine Arts and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In the Music Department, I work as the undergraduate administrative assistant, assisting with daily matters, and have helped coordinate our open houses, audition days, and other events. I am also the manager of the UConn Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble of over 50 musicians, and a member of the Music Student Advisory Council, where I represent the instrumental degree program and serve as a liaison to students. I have also performed in numerous University-related events.

In the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, I am the assistant editor-in-chief of the Undergraduate Political Review and a member of the CLAS Student Leadership. Previously, I was a student event coordinator with UConn Community Outreach Political Engagement and participated in the UConn Leadership Certificate Series, receiving the Emotionally Intelligent Leadership Certificate.

What are your plans after graduation/receiving your degree?

After graduation, I plan to prepare for law school for admittance in the fall of 2024. Although I have time to explore while in school, my plan is to specialize in entertainment law. Through this specialty, I will be able to represent those who have dedicated their lives to the arts and the entertainment industry. I will also continue to perform and freelance as well.

Any advice for incoming students?

My number one piece of advice to students is to explore all the opportunities UConn has to offer. Your experience at UConn will be what you make of it, so do the most you can. While doing so, make sure you find time to prioritize yourself and your well-being. Having a balance is crucial.

What’s one thing everyone should do during their time at UConn?

As many might say, definitely attend a basketball game. Beyond that, try to attend as many school-sanctioned events as possible, whether it’s the One Ton Sundae, or a Career Fair; you never know what might come out of it!