In Fall 2018, UB is delighted to welcome Caroline Sonett to the faculty as adjunct flute instructor. Sonett has performed on the stages of several of the world’s great concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher (David Geffen) Hall, and the Kennedy Center, and enjoys an active career as a performer, educator and arts administrator. Sonett currently serves as the Director of Graduate Advising and Services at the Eastman School of Music. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance and Literature from The Eastman School of Music as a student of Bonita Boyd, as well as her MM degree in 2016. She received a BA in Music from Columbia University in 2014. Previous teachers have included Nicholas Duchamp, Jeanne Baxtresser and Soo-Kyung Park.
Shannon Leigh Reilly Steigerwald specializes in the study and performance of contemporary music in her career as a violinist. A dedicated collaborator, she pursues working with young composers, giving many premieres of her colleagues’ compositions. Steigerwald is a founding member and on the administrative board for Ensemble iD, a Rochester-based group of musicians and composers who seek to obliterate the line separating traditional and contemporary classical music, performing old and new works side by side. She teaches at the University of Buffalo as the adjunct violin professor. Steigerwald has performed with ensembles such as Ensemble Signal, Broadband Ensemble, OSSIA Ensemble, and the JACK Quartet. She holds a BM and MM in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music. She is married to Thomas Steigerwald, a concert pianist and New World fellow. She is currently reading Guns Germs and Steel, by Jared Diamond.