Rhodes To Host ACE Fellow Dr. Sonya Baker
Publication Date: 7/23/2012
Dr. Sonya G. Baker, who holds a dual appointment as assistant dean of the College of Humanities & Fine Arts and professor of music at Murray State University (KY), will serve as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at Rhodes College for the 2012-13 academic year.
Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program preparing senior leaders to serve American colleges and universities. ACE has selected 57 individuals for the 2012-13 class of the ACE Fellows Program. While working at host campuses, fellows engage in leadership and management activities as well as pursue various projects that enhance their learning and advance the interests of their home and host institutions.
Rhodes President Bill Troutt, a former Chairman of the ACE, said, “We are pleased to have Dr. Baker join us for the 2012-13 academic year. Her interests in interdisciplinary work, the arts, and connections between the academy and the community are a great fit for Rhodes.”
With a dedication to educating young people in the arts, Baker is a former faculty member for the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts and the Virginia Governor’s School for Arts & Humanities, both programs for high school students. Baker’s debut recording, “She Says,” featuring art songs of American women composers, was released in 2004, a year after she made her Carnegie Hall debut with renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, and appeared as soloist on the Yale Alumni Chorus tour to Moscow, singing at the Kremlin.
She recently completed two terms as Kentucky Governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and has been reappointed to serve a second term as board member for the Kentucky Arts Council.
Noted for performances of American music, Baker regularly appears with the American Spiritual Ensemble, and her lecture recital on Marian Anderson’s historic 1939 Easter Concert has been presented nationwide.
Baker holds degrees from Yale, Indiana and Florida State Universities and is an alumna of Leadership Kentucky.