Sonja Kraus

Sonja Kraus

Assistant Professor, Cello, Rawlins Piano Trio


W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 133

Phone: (605) 658-3481



Teaching Interests:

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Franz Anton Hoffmeister, Unpublished Cello Repertoire of the 18th-19th Century, Music Education in Third World Countries, Injury Rehabilitation and Prevention


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


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

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


  • Kraus, Sonja. Orchestral Conducting Lab with Dr. Sanderson and the USD Chamber Orchestra. Presented at the SDMEA Conference, Rapid City. (October 28, 2018)