Sonja Wermager

PhD Student in Historical Musicology

I am interested in the relationship between music and religion, especially during the nineteenth century as understandings of religion shifted radically. At Columbia I hope to study this relationship within the framework of Romantic music. I have an MA in Reformation History from the University of Birmingham (UK) and wrote my thesis on church music and religious identity in the poetry of Matthew Parker and the music of Thomas Tallis.  I earned my BA in Music and History from St. Olaf College, where I ended my senior year with a lecture-recital highlighting Clara Wieck Schumann and issues of gender in music. During the 2015-2016 year I have been an AmeriCorps volunteer working with forty high school seniors on college access and affordability. I am also a violinist and enjoy performing in orchestras, operas, and chamber ensembles.