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Sonya Comer

School of Music

M.M., 2013, Kent State University
B.S., 1995, Olivet Nazarene University

Teaching piano has been an important part of Professor Comer’s professional music career. For more than 25 years, she has taught private and group piano in her own studio. She has also taught elementary and junior high music in private and public school settings. In the setting of a therapeutic day school, she directed musical activities for students with autism and various other social and emotional disorders. Through the Kindermusik program, she has taught preschool students in private schools and homes.

Since 2009, Professor Comer has taught piano in private and class settings at Olivet as an adjunct professor. She has also been an instructor in the Kankakee Valley Piano Camp held on campus each summer, teaching students from ages 4 to 18.

As an experienced church musician, she has led worship and trained/mentored future church musicians, both as a volunteer and paid staff member. She has chaired a worship planning team; coordinated all elements of worship services; directed rehearsals; and organized several musical productions for multi-generational dramatic presentations with drama, choir and orchestra.

While a student at Olivet, Professor Comer received the Walter B. Larsen Award for Musical Excellence and graduated summa cum laude.

She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, Illinois State Music Teachers Association and Kankakee Valley Music Teachers Association. In addition to performing at her church, she enjoys working with the Kankakee Valley Theatre Association and accompanying student musicians for their recitals and juries.

She and her husband, David, have two daughters, Michaela and Madison.



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