Dr. Sonja Poulter
A native of Germany, Sonja received undergraduate and
graduate degrees in Music Education, Musicology, and English from the University of Music and Performing Arts and the Goethe University in Frankfurt Germany. She received her Master of Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance, having studied under Dr. Barlow Bradford and Prof. Kiersten Gunlogson at the University of Utah. .
Currently, Dr. Poulter is a conductor, accompanist, and vocal instructor at the Madeleine Choir School, Utah Valley University, and Hale Center Studios. She is a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and is frequently conducting choirs for general events of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, including the church’s annual Music Festival.
She is the founder of the Kammerchor Vocalis, a group of selected singers from Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Under her direction, the ensemble has performed throughout Europe in cities including Berlin, London, Copenhagen, Prague, Budapest, and Zurich.
Born in Salt Lake City, and raised in St. George, Utah, Adam’s deep passion for music greatly inspired by his mother, Holly Hansen, and started at a young age.
He is an accomplished organist, pianist, vocalist and conductor. The state was set during his attendance at Snow Canyon High School where he was the Concert Choir pianist, Madrigal pianist/baritone and the assistant conductor. While there, he was involved in theater as a cast member and also the orchestra conductor for one of the productions. In 2009, Adam was named Snow Canyon High’s Sterling Scholar for Music. Throughout his youth, he was a regular performer in the historic St George, Utah Tabernacle.
Before moving back to Salt Lake City, Adam started his career in liturgical music at Grace Episcopal Church in St. George. He was appointed as the organist there in 2013. In February 2014, he had the distinct opportunity to travel to Europe and study under master organists, Margaret Phillips in London and Ullrich Bohme in Leipzig, Germany in the historic St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche). Later that same year, he was appointed as an organist at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Salt Lake City. Adam was selected to be a recitalist and the organist for the high-mass service for the 2015 National Episcopal General Convention in Salt Lake City.
He has studied organ performance at both Dixie State University and the University of Utah and has had the opportunity to perform across Utah, including the historic Salt Lake Tabernacle. He became the principle organist and Associate Artistic Director for the Sterling Singers in February of 2016.
Outside of music, Adam has great passion in nutrition and physical fitness. He is an avid hiker, water-skier, and loves aviation, gardening and reading. Currently, he is setting his sights on another journey in life; becoming a pilot.