Composer, performer, and educator Sonia Ivette Morales-Matos was born in Puerto Rico, and belongs to a family of distinguished musicians. She holds a bachelor’s degree in composition, both Western classical and jazz, from Berklee College of Music, and a Master of Music in Composition and Jazz Studies from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. While at IU she studied with distinguished professors David Baker, Juan Orrego-Salas, and Claude Baker. In 1990 she joined the African American Arts Institute as an associate instructor, accompanist and instrumental coach for the African American Choral Ensemble under Dr. James E. Mumford, and remained with the ensemble for two years.
Since graduating from IU Sonia has built an impressive career as a teacher and composer. Her compositions explore a wide variety of styles and genres, including chamber music, the concerto, choral music, Latin Jazz, and Tropical music. Artists and orchestras in the United States and abroad, including the Dayton Philharmonic, the Clermont Philharmonic, the Central Ohio Symphony, the Puerto Rico Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de la República Dominicana, have performed her compositions. She has received commissions for various ensembles and for festivals, such as Festival Casals of Puerto Rico, the International Clarinet Fest, and the International Choral Festival of Havana, among others. Her current project is a commission for the Museo de la Música de Puerto Rico in Guaynabo City, Puerto Rico. Sonia also has been the pianist and arranger for Son del Caribe Salsa Band in Cincinnati since 2004 and continues pursuing her career as a composer, performer, and educator in Cincinnati, Ohio.