Dawn Sonntag

Dawn Sonntag’s music, which includes art song, works for choir, orchestra, and wind ensemble, chamber music, film music, and music for ballet, has been performed across the U.S. and in Germany, France, and Norway. Scenes from her opera, Verlorene Heimat, which premiered at Hiram College in 2014, have been performed by the Hartford Opera Theater, the Cleveland Opera Theater, and Contempopera Cleveland.  She received Mississippi State University’s 2015 Criss Foundation commission and was MTNA - Ohio’s 2010 Distinguished Composer of the Year.  Sonntag has been a resident composer at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Visby, Sweden and for the New Music series at the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University.  She is also active as a vocalist and pianist and received the Inge Pitler prize for lied performance both as a vocalist and as a pianist in Heidelberg, Germany. Sonntag studied composition with Alex Lubet at the University of Minnesota and in Paris, France, under the auspices of the European American Musical Alliance. Currently she is Associate Professor of Music at Hiram College. Live recordings and a list of her works can be found at her website, www.dawnsonntag.com.