- MM, Piano Performance & Pedagogy, University of Michigan
- BM, Piano Performance, University of Michigan
First Year at Xavier University:
Piano Pedagogy and Performance
Sonya Szabo-Reynolds performs frequently as both solo and collaborative artist. On the piano faculty at Xavier University in Cincinnati since 1993, her repeat appearances with recognized recital series establish her as one of the most active and respected pianists in the region.
Sonya received OhioMTA's Nationally Certified Teacher of the Year award in 2016 and is currently President-Elect of Ohio Music Teachers Association (OhioMTA).
She has also served as OhioMTA’s Vice President-State Conferences and was Chair of the 2014 OhioMTA State Conference Committee. She is Past President of Western District OhioMTA and a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Sonya also serves as a board member of Dayton Music Club.
Sonya received her Master and Bachelor degrees in piano from the University of Michigan School of Music, where she graduated with high honors and was inducted into the national music honors society Pi Kappa Lambda. Her teachers have included Louis Nagel, Eugene Bossart, and Nancy Arganbright Weekly. Additional study took place at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria where she studied with German pianist Carl Seemann.
In addition to teaching and performing, Sonya edited the first English-language translation of Bohumil Fidler’s My Life and Memories, published in 2008 by The Dvorák Society for Czech and Slovak Music in London (Bohumil Fidler was Sonya’s great grandfather, a composer, choirmaster, choral director, and friend of Antonín Dvorak’s). Her continued interest in Czech music is reflected in her regular columns, “From the New World”, published in the Dvorák Society’s quarterly newsletters.