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 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.
Dr Schumann is also internationally recognized for her involvement in Piano Theatre, an interactive experience of music and words. Piano Theatre’s opening 2010 tour of the US and Canada was acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. 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. The Schumann Duo’s incredibly popular concert “Pianimal” was recently the feature in a documentary for the Gilmore for Kids Series. Active in 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.
In addition to performing, Dr Schumann is passionate about teaching. She has appeared as a guest lecturer and masterclass presenter at several festivals and colleges, including Keys Fest, Music Teachers National Association, Central Michigan University, Red Rocks Music Festival, and Art at Noon at LexArts. She has served as faculty at Madonna University, Schoolcraft College, and the Levine School in Washington, D.C. She currently teaches at Fullerton College.
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.