Sonja Thompson enjoys a varied professional life as educator, church musician, theater musician, conductor, coach and performer. In addition to her positions as Assistant Professor of Music and College Organist at Augsburg College, and Music Associate at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis, she also regularly appears as pianist and collaborator in a wide array of events and venues. Thompson received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Theory/Composition from the University of Minnesota, and her Master of Music in Accompanying from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Margo Garrett, Samuel Sanders and Marshall Williamson.
Recent activities included a vocal recital featuring songs by Gabriel Faure and Benjamin Britten at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis with Andrew Kane; an appearance on TPT’s “TV Takeover,” playing music by LA film composer Barbara Cohen for an excerpt of the 1925 silent horror classic “The Phantom of the Opera;" a program of Kreisler and Franck with violinist Michael Sutton; performances of Kurt Weill songs with artists from Nautilus Music Theater at the Southern Theater; and the premiere of a new work for organ, choir and dancers by MN composer Janika Vandervelde at Plymouth Congregational Church. Last fall Ms. Thompson enjoyed performing duo-piano recitals with pianists Karen Becker (SUNY Plattsburgh) and Mary Jo Gothmann (JOYA Music Series), and played Harmonium for performances of Mahler’s orchestral song cycle Das Lied von der Erde, with her friends at Music Saint Croix.
Later this summer Sonja looks forward to a program of Election-themed songs and ensembles with singers Maria Jette, Lisa Drew, Vern Sutton and Jim Bohn for the Summer Concert series at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis, as well as appearances at the Festival of the Lakes Chamber Music series in Alexandria, MN, and the Source Song Festival in Minneapolis. This December will mark the third season of Longest Night with singer-actor Bradley Greenwald at Open Eye Theater, and in spring 2017 she will Music Direct a production of Passing Strange at Augsburg College, directed by Jamil Jude.