Hiram College


Associate Professor of Music Dawn Sonntag will be a guest composer at the New Music Society’s Annual Spring Concerts in the Youngstown area, March 26-28, 2014.

Sonntag’s original works will be performed at the following concerts/convocations as part of the event:

  • Noon, March 26, at the Butler Institute of American Art
  • 8 p.m., March 26, at the Dana School of Music Bliss Recital Hall
  • 11 a.m., March 28, at the Dana School of Music Bliss Recital Hall

Her works encompass vocal, choral, orchestral, dance and film music and have been performed across the U.S. and Europe. Her choral music has been performed by university, community and church choirs in the U.S. and Germany.

At the Youngstown performances, Sonntag will be accompanied by pianist Karen Murphy, who has extensive experience performing in Minnesota and Arizona, on commercial recordings and in premiering new works. Also performing will be flutist/oboist Paul Dreisbach, who teaches woodwinds at Hiram, and cellist Stephen Wagner, who is also a Kodàly pedagogical technique specialist.

The performances will focus on Sonntag’s chamber music for voice and instruments and will demonstrate her extensive experience in setting English texts and those translated from Swedish. She will also perform a collection of her settings of the Romantic poet Christina Rossetti, as will be settings of Twentieth Century poets Sarah Teasdale, Karin Boye, and Marvin Bell.

In 2010 Sonntag was selected as MTNA Ohio’s Distinguished Composer of the Year. Sonntag’s interest in Norwegian Art Song led to a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship to study advanced Norwegian in Oslo, Norway, and she was a composer in residence at the Visby International Center for Composers in 2013, and has been invited to return in 2015. An avid alpine hiker, Sonntag will premiere a new chamber work a new chamber work this summer at the Fairbanks Arts Festival as a participant of Composers in the Wilderness program.

Sonntag’sfirst opera, Verlorene Heimat, will premiere on campus this April. Upcoming commissions include a work for Chinese instruments and chorus for the Orchid Ensemble, a Vancouver-based Chinese music trio, and an opera in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Augsburg College.

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