Trained in western classical music, since age ten, Sumona Roy, a second generation Indian American, is no novice to the stage.
At age 13, she was selected as one of the 20 young voices in a nationwide competition to perform in the San Francisco Opera Arts Festival under Blanch Thebom, one of the great operatic mezzos of the postwar era. Through her senior years at Steinhardt School of Education, under the stewardship of Juliana Janes Yaffe, she established herself as a brilliant singer. By that time she had already received the New Jersey Governor’s award for being the highest scoring Soprano in the State.
She has performed as a soloist at Walter Engle Music Festival, Opera Arts Program, as well as in NJ All State Choir, Bergen County Choir, Maroon and White Recitals, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and New Player’s Cabaret Productions to name a few.
In 2003, she was invited by Mr. Viren J Shah, Governor of West Bengal, to perform at the Raj Bhawan in Calcutta where she was much lauded by V. Balsara and many others for her exceptional talent. During that time she also gave a memorable musical concert at the roof top program for Srijan in Calcutta, accompanied by her teacher Mary Lou Muratori, who played the piano.
As a singer-songwriter she evokes a multi-textural rhythms and colors by intertwining aspects of R&B, Jazz, Broadway Musicals and authentic Eastern inflections, creating a signature style that captures the ears of her devoted listeners.
About her music she says, “I like artists from all genres of music and sometimes I don’t even realize how much they affect me. I love Mariah Carey’s music, but I also love Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle who are incredibly popular Indian singers, and as for classical singers, Joan Sutherland is the reason that I am still interested in opera to day. As a song writer I write about my experiences, beliefs, fantasies – hoping to engage the listener in more than just a great beat.”
As an actor she equally excelled by taking lead roles in many plays including The Grass Harp, Once On this Island, When You’re not Looking, Disenchanted and The Drowsy Chaperone.
She received the US Congressional and Manhattan Borough President’s certificates for performing at the Times Square on the occasion of Tagore’s 150th Birthday celebration.
Since graduating as an Honors Scholar of the College of Arts and Science from New York University, she has devoted herself to acting on stage, song writing and composing music and performing for various national and international charity organizations, like International Haiti relief and Street Children of Calcutta and for other social causes.