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Coal Creek
(In progress)
Based on the true story of the Coal Creek gold mining community in remote east-central Alaska

Evangeline (10 minutes - for solo soprano and piano)
Premiere August, 2017, Opera from Scratch festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Performance at Hartford Women's Composers Festival
April 7, 2018

Verlorene Heimat - An Opera in Two Acts (1 hour)

Based on the true story of East Prussian refugee family and the Jewish-Ukrainian girl they sheltered
during the final months of World War II

Premiere Hiram College, April, 2013
Cleveland premiere, Cleveland Opera Theater
January 27-28, 2018
Scenes performed by ContempOpera Cleveland, Hartford Opera Theater, and Cleveland Opera Theater, 2017


Tattler Creek for Flute, Violin, and Cello
Premiered Fairbanks and Denali, Alaska, July, 2017
Performance in Eagle, Alaska, July 2017
Performance at Cleveland Natural History Museum, November, 2017

Denali Reflections

for string quartet
1. Teklanika
2. Upon Seeing Caribou Graze upon a Mountainside

3. Alpine Forget-Me-not
Premiered at the Fairbanks Arts Festival, July, 2014

Performed April, 2015, Cleveland Composers Guild
July, 2015, Cane Park Arts Festival, Cleveland
May, 2016, Cascadia Composers Sounds of the Northwest

O Love, How Great: Theme and Variations on a 13th Century melody

for piano trio
Premiered at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, March, 2006. Marybeth Stroll, violin; Maryanne Casey, cello;
Dawn Sonntag, piano

'Soaring' for violin and piano. Premiered at the Cleveland Music
Settlement, May, 2012

'Baile Noturno' for cello and violin. Premiered at the Cleveland
Music Settlement, May, 2012

'Pas de Deux' for Euphonium and Piano. Premiered at the
Cleveland Music Settlement, May, 2011

'Rhapsody' for two pianos, commissioned by the Cleveland Composers Society.
Premiered by Dawn Sonntag and Jesse Wong, Paris, France, July, 2009


"Soaring" for string orchestra. Premiered November, 2014 by the Hiram College String Orchestra,

Tim Staron, Conductor
Performed July, 2015 by the Fairbanks Community String Orchestra,
Jennifer Drake, Conductor

'Elegy' for chamber orchestra, premiered May, 2006 at Central Lutheran Church,

Dawn Sonntag, conductor


"Listen to the Wind" for voice, marimba, flute, violin, and string bass
Premiered at the Fairbanks Arts Festival, July, 2015
Dawn Sonntag, soprano with Concert Black and Andie Tanning Springer, Violin

'Come Up from the Fields, Father' for voice and piano, text by Walt Whitman
Premiered April, 2010, Northern Virginia Community College, Dawn Sonntag, soprano, Jonathon Kolm, piano

"Kentucky Belle,' for narrator and piano improvisation, text by Constance Fenimore Woolson
Commissioned by the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society
Premiered February 22, 2013, Constance Fenimore Woolson Society
Biannual Conference, Columbus, Georgia, Cheryl Torsney, narrator, Dawn Sonntag, piano

'Song and Silence,' seven songs for voice and soprano, texts by Sara Teasdale
Premiered at the University of Minnesota,2005

Hope Songs, song cycle for soprano, oboe, double bass, and piano, texts by Christina Rossetti.
Premiered at OMTA convention, Cleveland, Ohio, November, 2010,
Dawn Sonntag, soprano; Margi Griebling Haigh, Oboe; Kent Young, cello; Randall Fusco, piano.

Three Poems of Marvin Bell:
'After Tu Fu' for voice, cello, and piano

'An Elegy for the Past,' for voice, cello, and piano
'The Mulberry Tree,' for cello and voice;
Commissioned by the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing, Hiram College
Premiered April, 2009, Hiram College. Dawn Sonntag, soprano; Christina Babbich-Rosser, cello; Randall Fusco, piano

'La Corona,' for soprano and chamber ensemble, texts by John Donne.
Premiered University of Minnesota, 2007

Northern Lights Chamber Ensemble
Dawn Sonntag, soprano
Heidi Miller, conductor

"How Beautiful Upon the Mountains" for piano and high voice.

Composed on the occasion of the ordination of Rev. Dr. Holger Sonntag
Premiered August, 2008, Trinity Lutheran Church, Carver, Minnesota

"Set Me as a Seal" for piano and high voice.

Commissioned for the wedding of my friends John and Catherine O'Brien
Premiered at Christ Lutheran Church on Capital Hill, St. Paul, Minnesota

"Magnificat" for medium voice and piano.


Snowflakes for SATB
Premiere Cathedral of St. John's, Spokane, WA
February 24, 2018
Kantorei, Dr. Timothy Westerhaus, conductor

Fiat Lux for SATB and string quartet
Premiered April, 2014, Hiram College, for the inauguration of President Lori Varlotta

"My Beloved is Mine" and "Rise up, my love" for SATB choir, erhu, zugheng, and marimba
Premiered by the Orchid Ensemble with the Hiram College Chamber Singers, March, 2014

'Victimae Paschali Laudes,' SATB, choir, brass, and strings.
Commissioned and premiered by Church of the Little Flower, Bethesda, Maryland

for Easter, 2013
National Symphony, brass;
Catholic University DMA student string quartet
Caleb Wenzel, conductor

'These are the Holy Ten Commands' for SATB choir, organ, and chamber orchestra

Commissioned by Gracia Grindal, Professor emerita, Luther Seminar.
Premiered Ocotber 28, 2012 by Valparaiso University Concert Choir,

Christopher Cock, conductor,

'Covenant' for SATB and Organ

Commissioned for the 200th anniversary of the St. Peter Pikeland UCC,
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Matthew Hill, Conductor.
Premiered October 14, 2012

'A Clear Midnight,' SATB A Cappella
Premiered by the Princeton Singers, June 29, 2012,

Lehigh University Zoellner Center for the Arts,
Performed for the ACDA National Symposium on Choral Music, Washington, D.C.
June 30, 2012

'Blow Bugles, Blow,' SATB, piano, trumpet, text by Wilfred Owen.

'Jesu, Sweet, to Thee I Sing,' text anon.,

SATB choir and English Horn.

'There Will Come Soft Rains,' SATB choir, wind ensemble. Text by Sara Teasdale.

Piano version premiered by the Princeton Singers, June, 2010
Orchestrated version, Hiram College Choir and Wind Ensemble, November, 2010.

'Peace I Leave with You,' SATB choir, wind ensemble. Text by Sara Teasdale.
SATB/ piano version premiered by the Princeton Singers, June, 201
Hiram College Choir and Wind Ensemble, November, 2010.

'Echo' for SATB a-cappella, text by Christina Rossetti.
Premiered by the European-American Musical Alliance Composers' Choir

Paris, France, July, 2009

'Evergreen' for SATB a cappella; text by Dawn Sonntag

Premiered by the EAMA Composers Choir,
Paris, France, July, 2006

'Herren er min Hirte' for SATB choir, solo
tenor, flute, violin, piano. Bilingual setting for the Leif Eriksson
International Festival, Minneapolis, premiered by the Leif Eriksson
International Choir, October, 2008

'Entrust Your Ways to the Lord' (Befiehl Du deine Wege)
for SATB choir, soloists, chamber orchestra, and organ, text by Paul Gerhardt,
trans. Gracia Grindal. Premiered by the Augsburg College Choir, October, 2007,
25th Anniversary, Luther College Reformation Festival, Saint Paul,

'Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer Day,' SATB a cappella,

Text by William Shakespeare.
Premiered May, 2006 at Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis,

'Behold, A Host,' SATB choir and violin

Premiered April, 2006 by the Sanctuary Choir at the Norwegian Memorial Lutheran Church
Minneapolis, MN
Dawn SOnntag, Conductor

'Gloria,' SATB A Cappella

'As Darkness Falls,' SATB A Cappella

'An Old Song,' SATB a cappella, text by Theodore Roethke.
Premiered spring, 2002 by the Ohio State University Chamber Singers

Dawn Sonntag, conductor

'Night Song at Amalfi,' SATB a cappella, text by Sara Teasdale. Premiered by the Ohio
State University Chamber Singers, 2002

'Shall We Gather At the River,' tune, text by Robert Lowry; SATB, flute, piano, handbells
Premiered at Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, Saint Paul, 2003

"The Lord is my Light," SATB acappella.

Composed in 1983
Premiered May, 1985 by St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church Adult Choir
James Schierenbeck, conductor


'Listening' for SAA, flute, piano. Amy Lowell, text.
Commissioned by the North Florida Women's Choir
Premiere May, 2013, at the St. Augustine Arts Festival

St. Augustine, Florida

'Mizpah,' SSA, piano, text by Constance Fenimore Woolson.
Premiered by the Hiram College Western Reserve Women's Chorus, October 15, 2011,
National City Christian Church, Washington, DC

'Winter Dawn,' SSA, piano , 2009

'Evening Song' for SSA chorus, piano, flute. Text by Sydney Lanier.
Premiered May, 2007 by the University of Minnesota Women's Chorus
(Carl Fischer, 2008)

'The Road Not Taken' SSA, piano, flute, text by Robert Frost
Premiered by the Ohio State University Women's Chorus,June, 2003

'Alleluia,' SSAA, African drums.
Premiered by Christ Lutheran Church on Capital Hill Sanctuary Choir
St. Paul, MN, spring, 2004

'Shall We Gather at the River,' SSA, or SATB, piano, handbells.

Text by Robert Lowry.
Premiered 2004 at Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill,
St. Paul, MN.

'We Three Kings,' SA, piano, flute
Premiered 2001 at Church of the Messiah United Methodist Church

Westerville, Ohio
Dawn Sonntag, conductor

Music for documentary film, Action
featuring urban community centers in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. Produced by David Feinberg;
premiered at the Minneapolis Public Library, April, 2007; PBS, October, 2007

Music for the documentary film, Voice to Vision, featuring victims of genocide, produced by David Feinberg,
premiered September, 2008; broadcast on PBS


'Canyon Echoes'
Premiered at the University of Minnesota, 2006