Tonya holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas. She has studied with Vern Kagarice, John Engelkes, Larry Isaacson, and John Kitzman.
While living in Alaska, she served as personnel manager and principal trombonist with the Anchorage Symphony. While living in California, she freelanced in the San Francisco Bay Area and performed regularly with the Women's Philharmonic, Berkeley Symphony, and Diablo Valley Ballet Orchestra
She continues to perform each summer at the Mendocino Music Festival. Currently, she teaches a large studio of private students in Albuquerque and performs with Opera Southwest. She has performed with the New Mexico Symphony and the Santa Fe Symphony.