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Sonja Kraus

Sonja Kraus

Assistant Professor, Cello/Double Bass, Rawlins Piano Trio

MUSIC

W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 133

Phone: (605) 658-3481

Email: Sonja.Kraus@usd.edu

Website: http://www.rawlinspianotrio.com

Bio:

Sonja Kraus, a native of Germany, is an internationally acclaimed cellist, teacher, and music scholar, whose concertizing and teaching career has taken her through Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the United States. Currently, Kraus holds the position of Assistant Professor of Cello/Bass at the University of South Dakota and is the cellist in the renowned Rawlins Piano Trio. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of South Dakota, Kraus was the Cello Professor at the Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo as well as the principal cellist of the Orquesta Filarmónica Municipal de Guayaqil in Ecuador. Kraus holds her bachelor's in Cello Performance and Pedagogy from the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart (Germany) as well as a master's and doctoral degree from the Jacobs School of Music - Indiana University Bloomington. While in Bloomington, Kraus was the winner of the Popper Competition and received the 1st prize in the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition. During the past few years, Kraus participated as a teacher and performer in several music festivals and is a sought-out clinician and instructor of masterclasses throughout the US, Latin America, and Germany. Her latest solo performances were with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Loja - Loja (Ecuador), Camerata Romeu - Havana (Cuba), and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. As a researcher, Kraus focuses on broadening the cello repertoire by identifying manuscripts and creating editions of unpublished cello works from the classical era. So far, she has found three cello concertos by Franz Anton Hoffmeister and is in the process of creating scholarly editions and first recordings for these works.


Teaching Interests:

Cello, Double Bass, Chamber Music, Chamber Orchestra, String Methods, String Pedagogy, Music Theory, Music Appreciation


Research Interests:

Franz Anton Hoffmeister, Unpublished Cello Repertoire of the 18th-19th Century, Music Education in Third World Countries, Injury Rehabilitation and Prevention


Education:

  • MA, Cello Performance, Indiana University - Jacobs School of Music, 2013
  • BA, Cello Performance and Pedagogy, State University of Music and Performing Arts , 2012

Research:

  • Franz Anton Hoffmeister - Cello Concerto in D Major, (2016 - 2018)

Publications:

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  • Kraus, Sonja. Franz Anton Hoffmeister's Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in D Major - A Scholarly Performance Edition. Edited by Dr. David Lasocki, 134. Bloomington, IN: IU Scholar Works, 2019.

Awards and Honors:

  • Dissertation Competition Award, Indiana University, 2017
  • Dissertation Award, Cusanuswerk, 2016
  • Popper Competition, 1st Prize, Fresno State University, 2015
  • Eva Heinitz Scholarship Award, Indiana University, 2015
  • Round Top Festival Institute Award, James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts, 2015
  • Graduate Tuition Award, Indiana University, 2014
  • Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition, 1st Prize, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale, 2014

Presentations:

  • Kraus, Sonja. "It's all about that bass...and cello technique". Presented at the SDMEA String Symposium, Rapid City, SD. (February 21, 2020)
  • Kraus, Sonja. "It's all about that bass...and cello technique". Presented at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter Clinic, Minneapolis, MN. (February 14, 2020)
  • Kraus, Sonja. "It's all about that bass...and cello technique". Presented at the Iowa Music Educators Association Conference, Ames, IA. (November 22, 2019)
  • Kraus, Sonja. "It's all about that bass...and cello technique". Presented at the South Dakota Music Education Conference, Sioux Falls, SD. (November 1, 2019)
  • Kraus, Sonja. Developing Creativity and Talent. Presented at the Honors Seminar, Lincoln, NE. (October 31, 2019)
  • Kraus, Sonja. Franz Anton Hoffmeister's Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in D major - A Scholarly Performance Edition. Presented at the Doctoral Defense, Bloomington, IN. (September 3, 2019)
  • Viquez Cordoba, Luis Adolfo, Sanderson, David, Galu, Ioana, Kraus, Sonja. Orchestral Conducting Masterclass and Reading Session with Repertoire for the Public School Program. Presented at the South Dakota String Teachers Association Annual Conference, Mitchell High School. (February 23, 2019)
  • Kraus, Sonja. Orchestral Conducting Masterclass and Reading Session with Repertoire for the Public School Program. Presented at the South Dakota String Teachers Association Annual Conference; You do not have access to modify this field.South Dakota String Teachers Association Annual Conference, Mitchell High School. (February 23, 2019)
  • Kraus, Sonja. Orchestral Conducting Lab with Dr. Sanderson and the USD Chamber Orchestra. Presented at the SDMEA Conference, Rapid City. (October 28, 2018)