B. Mus. in Music Education (Ithaca College), M. Mus. (U of Toronto)
Sonya Harper Nyby is currently working towards a doctorate at the University of Toronto, studying Voice Performance and Vocal Pedagogy. She recently completed her MMus at UofT, and holds a BMus in Music Education from Ithaca College in her hometown of Ithaca, NY.
Her undergraduate coursework involved teaching general music classes to preschool and elementary school students, conducting, teaching music theory, and teaching private voice lessons to middle school and high school students, and leading creative arts lessons with older adults in a senior living facility.
In the years between her undergraduate and graduate work, she led the music program for a community of Montessori schools in Vancouver, BC, which included group and private music lessons for children in preschool and elementary school. These lessons involved singing, listening to recorded music and live performances, learning to read music, and playing classroom instruments such as recorders, pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments, and piano.
Her vocal pedagogy coursework and supervised applied teaching with Lorna MacDonald along with her voice lessons and coursework with Dr. Darryl Edwards at UofT have honed her skills as a voice teacher. Since moving to Toronto in 2011, she has continued to teach voice lessons to students of all ages, focusing on strong musicianship, efficient vocal function, and self-efficacy.
In addition to teaching, Sonya loves to perform. Her opera credits include Pamina and Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), La suora zelatrice in Suor Angelica (Puccini), and Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti), and she has performed as the soprano soloist in Mozart's Mass in c minor, Vivaldi's Gloria, and Durante's Magnificat. In the coming months, she will be performing Il segreto di Susanna (Wolf-Ferrari) and Gounod's St. Cecilia Mass.
Sonya is excited to be joining the faculty at the Classical Music Conservatory, and looks forward to working with students of all ages!