DMA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
MM, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
BM, University of South Carolina, Columbia
Sonya Schumann is an expressive and imaginative pianist, both in solo and collaborative performance. She has performed with orchestras across North America, and holds top prizes in many competitions, including the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev Competition, South Carolina Music Teachers Association Competition and the Southeastern Piano Festival. Dr Schumann has given performances throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Australia. Her recent performances include Oberlin Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory, and the Kennedy Center.
In addition to performing, Dr Schumann is passionate about teaching. She has appeared as a guest lecturer and masterclass presenter at numerous festivals and colleges. Recent presentations include Keys Fest, Music Teachers National Association, Red Rocks Music Festival, and Art at Noon at LexArts. She has served as faculty at Fullerton College, Madonna University, Schoolcraft College, and the Levine School in Washington, D.C. Deeply involved in a multitude of aspects within the artistic community, she also serves as an ambassador for the Piano Arts Consortium, performing benefit concerts and giving masterclasses across the East Coast. While on the East Coast, she was named the Executive Director of the Concert Truck, an initiative to bring high quality classical music to schools, underserved areas, and open public spaces. Her publications as an editor, compiler, and producer can be found under publishers such as Hal Leonard, Schirmer, and Schott Music.
Dr Schumann is also internationally recognized for her involvement as a founding member of Piano Theatre, an artist group formed to engage audiences with innovative combinations of classical music, theatre, literature, art and technology. Piano Theatre’s opening tours of the US, Canada, and Australia were acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. As champions of equity in the arts, she and her sister, Elizabeth, perform as the Schumann Duo, promoting classical music for children in areas where arts programs and funding have been cut or limited. The Schumann Duo’s incredibly popular concert “Pianimal” was recently the feature in a documentary for the Gilmore for Kids Series.
Dr. Schumann holds her masters and doctorate from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Logan Skelton and Christopher Harding, as well as a bachelor of music from the University of South Carolina, where she studied with Marina Lomazov.