Sonia Santiago

Director of Vocal Arts

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Sonia Santiago is a distinguished music educator, voice instructor and solo artist.  She joined the Performing Arts Faculty here at The King’s Academy, in the fall of 2006. In this highly successful and well recognized music program, she has continued her specialized work with the young singer and with numerous aspiring musicians. Many of her students have gone on to very successful music careers as performers and educators. Her work at The Kings Academy has produced Superior Rated Choirs in both Middle School and High School, as well as one of the highest number of students selected to the Florida All-State Choirs. Sonia maintains one  of the most sought after private voice studios in South Florida. Before arriving at TKA, Sonia was adjunct professor of voice at Palm Beach Atlantic University from 1998 to 2006, and was instrumental in helping to develop a highly respected voice program. She is well known throughout the state of Florida for her popular master classes and vocal festival  adjudication, and is a member of several professional music organizations including NAFME, FVA, ACDA, and NATS. Sonia is also an accomplished pianist. A favorite of South Florida audiences, mezzo soprano Sonia Santiago is recognized for possessing a rich, lyric, coloratura voice. She is an artist that is as much at home on the operatic stage as in the concert hall.  In December of 1993, Ms. Santiago made a much-praised debut with the late renowned conductor Anton Guadagno and the Palm Beach Opera, in Verdi’s Il Trovatore opposite famed soprano Katia Ricciarelli. She went on to appear regularly with the company in numerous lead roles.  In 1995, Sonia made her European debut as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, with numerous performances throughout Italy, France and Spain. She has appeared in opera houses and concert halls through the U.S., Europe, South America, and Japan. Ms. Santiago is recipient of numerous awards for her singing. She was a finalist in the Placido Domingo World Operalia Competition, Regional Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, first-prize winner of the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, a winner of the prestigious National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Artists Award, and the youngest artist and finalist in the First International Opera Competition, held in Shizuoka, Japan. Born in Miami, Florida, Sonia Santiago is the daughter of Cuban immigrants. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance from the University of Florida, and received her master’s degree in Vocal Performance from Florida State University. Sonia and her husband Felix have three sons and have been part of The King’s Academy family since 2004.