Sonja TengbladMusic Instructor in Voice
My students will experience a holistic approach to singing, rooted in sound pedagogy, artistic passion, and above all, compassion.
While my performing credits run the gamut from medieval music to modern opera, much of my career lies within my main interests: baroque and contemporary repertoire. Recent solo performances of opera and concert repertoire include appearances with Boston Baroque (including Grammy-nominated Monteverdi recording), the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Philharmonic, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, A Far Cry, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Blue Hill Bach Festival (ME), Victoria Bach Festival (TX), Oratory Bach (MN), Oregon Bach Festival, and my Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center debuts, both with the New York City Chamber Orchestra.
I love the versatility and flexibility that's required of singers in modern music, so a large portion of my performing lies in this field. Beat Song is an ongoing recital project of mine that explores humanity's first instruments: percussion and the voice (more information on my website). Other recent highlights include premiering Shirish Korde's Questions for the Moon in 2015 with members of the Silk Road Ensemble, and appearing in a concert celebrating the 80th birthday of composer Dominic Argento (in attendance). My work with the Lorelei Ensemble, Boston's 9-voice professional women's ensemble, has been most rewarding; we have commissioned over 50 new works for women's voices, and have performed a lot of medieval and renaissance repertoire originally written for and sung by men.
Art song - the cornerstone of any singer’s studies - is a genre of which I care about deeply. In 2015, I curated Modern Dickinson, a program featuring all 21st century settings of Emily Dickinson's poetry that was named the #3 Best Arts Event in Austin, TX 2015 and was nominated for 4 Austin Critic's Table Awards (www.moderndickinson.com). I have an ongoing project with Boston's art song organization Calliope's Call entitled In Her Words which explores female composers setting female poets, and in 2014 I was awarded 2nd place in the American Prize Art Song and Oratorio division.
I fell in love with music through ensemble singing, and I still do a lot of it. Besides my work with Lorelei, I sing with the Grammy-award winning ensemble Conspirare, Boston's Blue Heron, and the Yale Choral Artists.
I live with my husband Jonathan Hess (percussionist), son Soren, and dog Leila. www.sonjatengblad.com