Mona Sangesland enjoys a varied orchestral, chamber, and solo career and has performed in concert halls throughout the Americas, Asia, and Europe, notably Boston's Symphony Hall and Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts. Recent engagements include the New England Conservatory Philharmonia, the Boston Celebrity Series, New England Philharmonic, and solo performances at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Tufts University.
Mona traveled internationally to work with renowned artists and was a featured performer at Festival Napa Valley’s Blackburn Music Festival, the Bay View Music Festival, and Orford International Academy, among others, where she studied with highly respected pedagogues including Jeanne Baxtresser, Bonita Boyd, Leone Buyse, and Lorna McGhee.
Mona was the 2015 prizewinner of the Coeur d'Alene Young Artist Competition and has been a finalist in several other competitions, including the Seattle Philharmonic's Don Bushell Concerto Competition, the University of Washington Concerto Competition, and the Walt and Barbara Dryfoos Music Competition. In 2017, she was awarded New England Conservatory’s highly competitive Entrepreneurial Musicianship Grant, which allowed her to live in India and teach music, as well as the 2018 "Spark Award", awarded to graduating students displaying highly entrepreneurial spirits. In 2018, Mona received the prestigious J. William Fulbright Scholarship Award for study in Finland, where she will focus on understanding and overcoming musicians’ injuries.
Mona’s activities as a performer and her dedication to education and art awareness have led her to many teaching and outreach opportunities. Her woodwind quintet performed in New England Conservatory’s historic Jordan Hall and throughout the greater Boston area as part of a community outreach project designed to bring awareness of wind instruments and chamber music to local elementary schools. Mona is passionate about the role of music in empowering underserved communities and served as a music volunteer in immigrant neighborhoods near San Jose, Costa Rica. In 2017, Mona was the music director of the Shanti Bhavan Children's Project in Tamil Nadu, India, where she worked with the "untouchable" communities of India's poor. Mona served on the Seattle Flute Society's Board of Directors as the Commercial Membership Coordinator and the Secretary for their 2014 - 2015 season.
Mona received her Graduate Diploma and a Master of Music Degree, with academic honors, from New England Conservatory and holds a Bachelor of Music Degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Washington. Her teachers include Petri Alanko, Paula Robison, and Donna Shin. Mona is currently continuing her studies as a “Fulbrighter” at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland.