Professor of Music
Office: Price Doyle Fine Arts 519
Dr. Sonya G. Baker holds a dual appointment as Assistant Dean of the College of Humanities & Fine Arts and Professor of Music at Murray State University. For the 2012-13 academic year, she is a fellow with the American Council on Education. Additionally, she has just been reappointed by Governor Beshear to serve a second term as board member for the Kentucky Arts Council and recently completed two terms as Kentucky Governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing. With a dedication to educating young people in the arts, Baker is a former faculty member for the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts and the Virginia Governor’s School for Arts & Humanities, both programs for high school students. Baker’s debut recording, SHE SAYS, featuring art songs of American Women composers, was released in 2004, a year after she made her Carnegie Hall debut with renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, and appeared as soloist on the Yale Alumni Chorus tour to Moscow singing at the Kremlin. Noted for performances of American music, Baker regularly appears with the American Spiritual Ensemble and her lecture recital on Marian Anderson’s historic 1939 Easter Concert has been presented nationwide. Baker holds degrees from Yale, Indiana and Florida State Universities and is an alumna of Leadership Kentucky.