One Found Sound

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As musicians, we work long, hard hours for a goal that is not often tangible or even definitive. Why do we do it? It’s not for the ends, but rather, the means – the process.  The process of discovering every twist and turn of the music, and yourself along the way, is what makes what we do worth every sacrifice.  

Beethoven said, “Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.” As musicians we are the messengers of this connection.


One Found Sound is a conductorless, collaborative, chamber orchestra on a mission to break down the barriers of the classical music stigma; to bring it back to its glory days of boisterous audiences and the thrill of discovering something new with each note. Deconstructing the typical hierarchical structure of the classic orchestral model, the artistic vision of One Found Sound is placed collaboratively in the hands of its members. Our performances invite the audience to feel the same tension and release, happiness and sorrow, struggle and triumph as those of us performing.


In the spring of 2013, One Found Sound was founded by five friends bent on changing the status quo through the power of collaboration and expressive freedom.  Graduates of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Sarah Bonomo, Georgeanne Banker, Emily Botel-Barnard, Sasha Launer, and Scott Padden sought to engage symbiotically with their community to find fresh and palpable means of musical expression.

One Found Sound embodies the heart of their artistic mission: coalescing the creative energy of young artists and the vitality of their audiences to create an extraordinary musical experience.