Music History, Viola
B.M., University of Memphis; M.M., University of Minnesota; Ph.D., University of Oregon 

Dr. Sonya R. Lawson holds a Ph.D. in Music History with a Supporting Area in Viola Performance from the University of Oregon, and a M.M in Viola Performance from the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation presented a history of strings in jazz, and other research interests are cognitive musicology and innovations in music history pedagogy.
Dr. Lawson was Principal Violist of the Tennessee Philharmonic, Assistant Principal of the Cheyenne Symphony, and has played in many orchestras. As a member of The Knotty Ensemble avant-garde chamber group, she has released two CDs on the Third Rail label.