Sonja Wermager

PhD Student in Historical Musicology

Sonja Wermager is a PhD Candidate in Historical Musicology. Her research focuses on intersections of religion and music in nineteenth-century Germany. She is currently at work on her dissertation, "Robert Schumann and 'The Artist's Supreme Goal:' Religion, Romanticism, and Nation in the Late Choral Works," which is supervised by Walter Frisch.

During the 2021-22 school year, she is teaching Literature Humanities as part of Columbia's Core Curriculum. Previously she taught Music Humanities, for which she received the 2020 Core Preceptor Award for Teaching Excellence. A recipient of the GSAS Barker Fellowship and the Baier Fellowship for Church Music, she also serves on the editorial board of Current Musicology and supports graduate instructor pedagogy initiatives as a Senior Lead Teaching Fellow through the Center for Teaching and Learning. 

Her work on Reformation psalmody has been published in the Yale Journal of Music & Religion and her research has been supported by the Columbia Arts and Sciences Graduate Council, the Professor Howard J. Serwer Family Fund, and the Columbia Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life. 

Prior to doctoral studies at Columbia, Sonja completed a B.A. in Music and History at St. Olaf College and a M.A. in Renaissance, Reformation, and Early Modern Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK), where she received the U.S. Postgraduate Student Scholarship and graduated with distinction. She also served as an AmeriCorps volunteer working with high school seniors on college access and affordability.