Dawn Sonntag

Professional Experience

Dr. Sonntag is a composer, vocalist, pianist and conductor.  Her choral works have been performed by the Valparaiso Concert Choir, Augsburg College Choir, University of Minnesota Women's Choir, the Ohio State Chamber Singers and Women's Glee Club, the Princeton Singers, the North Florida Women's Chorale, the Leif Eriksson International Choir, Mississippi State University and more.

Her chamber music has been performed by The Orchid Ensemble, Corvus, the Almeda Trio, Amphion Strings and by professional soloists across the United States and has been performed on numerous Cleveland, Ohio Composer Guild Concerts.

She contributed music for the documentary films Action Arts and Voice to Vision IV, both of which were broadcast on Twin Cities PBS.

Her first opera, "Verlorene Heimat", which chronicles the experiences of ethnic German East Prussian refugees in Eastern Europe during World War II, was premiered at Hiram College and scenes have been performed by the Halifax Opera Theater, Cleveland Opera Theater and ContempOpera Theater.  Her setting of Whitman's "Come up from the Fields, Father" was featured at the 2017 Source Song Festival in Minneapolis in addition to her 10-minute solo opera based on Longfellow's Evangeline having its premier at the Vocalypse Opera from Scratch festival.

Dr. Sonntag has been a composer-in-residence at the Visby International Centre for Composition in Visby, Sweden and was named the Music Teachers National Association-Ohio's 2010 Distinguished Composer of the Year.  She was a finalist in the 2007 American Composers Forum Faith Partners commissioning competition.

She also has an extensive performance background including performing art song, oratorio, opera and jazz.  Dr. Sonntag was the winner of the Kenwood Symphony's Masters Concerto and Aria competition.

She has performed with the Florentine Opera and Opera Columbus and numerous choral groups around the United States including the Texas Bach Choir.  Moreover, Dr. Sonntag was awarded a Foreign Language Area Studies fellowship in Oslo, Norway in 2007 for the study of advanced Norwegian and her vocal recital repertory includes works by Grieg, Sibelius and Kjerulf among others.

Dr. Sonntag is also an accomplished pianist and has performed across the United States and Europe as well as being a sought-after conductor whose experience includes the Sarteano Chamber Choir (Italy), Heidelberg International Choir, and Hiram College Chamber Singers.