Sonya Comer

Assistant Professor

Professor Comer holds a degree in Music Education with an emphasis in instrumental music from Olivet Nazarene University where she graduated summa cum laude in 1995. She received the Walter B. Larsen Award for Musical Excellence during her time as a student at Olivet. In 2013, she earned a Master of Music degree in Music Education with an emphasis in choral music from Kent State University.

As an educator, she taught a variety of different ages in many settings over the years including private and group piano, general music K-8, therapeutic music activities K-12, Kindermusik and a wide variety of camps, workshops and clinics. She is truly an educator at heart and loves to facilitate the learning process for students from the very beginning through deepening, polishing and mastering the comprehension and execution of a knowledge or skill.

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

As a business professional, Professor Comer owns FASTSIGNS of Kankakee with her husband, David. Together they have worked with their staff to grow their business over 200% since they purchased it in 2014. They won Rookie of the Year Award in 2016 and Highest Percentage of Sales Growth Award in 2017, presented by FASTSIGNS International. They have received a number of customer solution and sign project awards and in 2019, Professor Comer received the Women in Business award presented by the Daily Journal.

Professor Comer is a member of the National Association for Music Educators, Music Teachers National Association, Illinois State Music Teachers Association, and Kankakee Valley Music Teachers Association. She serves as the faculty coordinator for the student chapter of NAfME at ONU and is an officer at KVMTA. In addition to serving at her church, she enjoys working with community theatre organizations and accompanying student musicians for recitals and juries.

Professor Comer is married to Dave Comer and they live in Bourbonnais with their Bernedoodle, Lucy. Their older daughter, Michaela, and son-in-law, Peter both graduated from ONU in 2020 and live in Denver, Colorado with their Bernese Mountain Dog, Pippin. Michaela is studying law at Denver University and Peter is a financial analyst with Compassion International. Their younger daughter, Madison and son-in-law, Drew, both graduated from ONU in 2022 and live in Bradley, Illinois. Madison is the center manager at FASTSIGNS of Kankakee and Drew teaches science at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School where he also coaches football and baseball.