Soprano, Sonya Gabrielle Baker, noted for her performances of American music, has been heard in concert both nationally and internationally, including recent appearances in Canterbury Cathedral, England, Indianapolis, IN, and her city of residence, Murray, KY. Baker also tours regularly as a soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble. Her debut recording, SHE SAYS, featuring art songs of American Women composers was released in October 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. Highlights of Dr. Baker’s operatic roles include Elisabetta in Verdi’s DON CARLO, Donna Anna in Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI, Monisha in Joplin’s TREEMONISHA, and the title role in the U.S. premiere of Mascagni’s PINOTTA. Dr. Baker is currently Associate Professor of Voice at Murray State University and Kentucky State Governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Along with a Doctor of Music from Florida State University, Baker holds degrees from Indiana and Yale universities. Her lecture recital on Marian Anderson’s historic 1939 Easter Concert has been presented at several universities, high schools, and conferences. She has received numerous academic and vocal awards and is a frequent guest artist and teacher, having taught at Governor’s school programs in both Kentucky and Virginia. Upcoming appearances include presentations for the ATHENA Festival and the Tennessee Music Educators Association along with a tour to South Africa in the summer.