Sonja Bontrager is an accomplished performer, composer, educator and administrator whose experience spans classical, chamber, folk and rock music. Her original indie-pop project, Sonja Sofya, just released its debut album, “Patterns We Know” in October 2016. She has performed in rooms like World Cafe Live, Boot & Saddle, The Tin Angel, and The North Star Bar (Philly), Caffe Vivaldi and Pete’s Candy Store (NYC), Club Passim (Boston), Radio Bean (Burlington, VT), The Midtown Scholar (Harrisburg), and The Black Fox (Washington, DC). Sonja is active as a songwriter, artistic collaborator, and vocalist, and has shared the stage with artists including Franz Nicolay of The Hold Steady, Chris Kasper, Birdie Busch, Aaron Parnell Brown, and Joe D’Amico of Mason Porter. Sonja recently won Best Female Solo Artist at 93.7 WSTW’s 11th annual Hometown Heroes Homey Awards!
As if that’s not enough, Sonja maintains an active schedule of classical vocal performances with various choruses, chamber groups and churches around Philly. An in-demand instructor and coach, Sonja taught voice at National Guitar Workshop and Day Jams, and keys at School of Rock. She continues to maintain a successful classical piano studio in Philadelphia. She has worked as Development Associate for The Crossing (Philadelphia, PA) Education Director at the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (Harrisburg, PA), Vice President of Operations at the Susquehanna Chorale (Hershey, PA) and in various capacities for the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. Sonja received her B.A. of Music from Messiah College (PA), where she studied composition, piano and voice. She has also studied composition with Harold Boatrite and Vocal Behavior Training with Dr. Ray Smolover. [image credit: Elizabeth Thorpe Photography]