Director of Music
Dawn Sonntag - Director of Music
Dawn Sonntag is a composer, choral conductor, keyboardist, vocalist, and educator who has more than twenty years of experience as a choral conductor and keyboardist serving diverse worship communities across the U.S. and in Germany. As Director of Music at the Norwegian Memorial Lutheran Church in Minneapolis (ELCA), she led the Leif Eriksson International Choir in performances for the Crown Prince of Norway and other Norwegian dignitaries. In Germany, she served as Director of Music for the Fifth Corp Lutheran and Protestant congregations in Heidelberg from 1993 – 2000 as well as serving as assistant conductor for the Heidelberg International Choir and the Chor des Collegium Artiums and maintaining a free-lance career as a collaborative pianist, singer, and private teacher. As a composer, her works include opera, art song, choral music, and instrumental and vocal chamber music as well as music for orchestra, dance, and documentary film. Her works have been performed across the U.S. and in Canada, Germany, France, and Norway. She was MTNA – Ohio’s 2010 Distinguished Composer of the Year and has been a guest performer/composer at the Youngstown State University New Music festival and a resident at the Visby International Centre for Composers. Dr. Sonntag is vice-chair of the Cleveland Composers Guild and is a member of the Cascadia Composers NACUSA chapter in the Pacific Northwest, where she has close family. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition and vocal performance and pedagogy with a minor in choral conducting from the University of Minnesota; a Master of Music in choral conducting from the Ohio State University; a graduate artists diploma in lied and chamber accompanying with secondary areas in voice and choral conducting from the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Heidelberg, Germany, where she was the first prize winner in both voice and collaborative piano in the Inge Pittler lied competition; and a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the University of Texas at El Paso. Currently Dr. Sonntag is Associate Professor of Music at Hiram College.