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-Kabelevsky-Prokofiev Competition, Williamsburg Symphony Concerto Competition, South Carolina Music Teachers Association Competition and Southeastern Piano Festival. Sonya has given performances throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Australia. She has been invited to perform at Oberlin Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory, and the Kennedy Center, to name a few.
Sonya has participated in the Southeastern Piano Festival, Ameropa Chamber Music Festival at Prague Conservatory, Indiana University Piano Academy, and the Burgos Music Festival in Spain. Sonya 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 was featured by The Gilmore as the Gilmore for Kids Series artists. The Schumann Duo continue to be active in performing and outreach throughout North America. Active in the artistic community, Sonya also serves as an ambassador for the Piano Arts Consortium, performing benefit concerts and giving masterclasses across the East Coast.
In addition to performing, Sonya 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 the collegiate level at Madonna University and Schoolcraft College. She served on the conservatory faculty at Levine Music in Washington, D.C, as well as administratively guiding the Group Piano department.
Dr. Schumann received a masters and a doctorate from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Logan Skelton and Christopher Harding. She also holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of South Carolina, where she studied with Marina Lomazov.