Sonja Giles has appeared as a recitalist, chamber musician, and educator at a variety of venues across the United States, Austria, Belgium and Russia.
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Dr. Giles has appeared as a soloist with the Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Iowa State University Wind Ensemble, Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, Iowa State University Orchestra, and numerous bands throughout Iowa. Giles is a member of the Cedar Rapids Opera Company and performs with the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of the ensemble Atlas Trio with oboist, Elizabeth Young and pianist, Ruth Lin.
In addition to her performing career, Dr. Giles is equally zealous about her role as an educator, currently Assistant Professor of Flute at Iowa State University. In 2008, Sonja was honored as the recipient of the 2008 University Award for Early Excellence in Teaching, as well as the Cassling Early Excellence in Teaching Award. Giles credits her teaching to her wonderful teachers, Sheryl Cohen, Tadeu Coelho, Immanuel Davis, Julia Bogorad-Kogan and Keith Underwood. She received her B.M. in Flute Performance at the University of Alabama, M.M. at the University of Iowa and D.M.A. at the University of Minnesota. Giles has given master classes in Wyoming, New Mexico, Alabama, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Giles teaches on the summer faculty at the Young Musicians Camp, in Evanston, Wyoming.
Dr. Giles coordinated the 2004 and 2009 Iowa Flute Festivals and is annually sought out as a soloist and master class clinician. At the annual National Flute Association conventions, Dr. Giles has performed, given presentations, and most recently directed the ISU Flute Ensemble at the 2008 Convention. She is currently Vice-President of the Eastern Iowa Flute Association.