A native of Germany, Sonja Poulter 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.
Prior to her appointment as director of BYU’s Women’s Chorus in 2019, Dr. Poulter has made a career as a conductor, accompanist, and vocal instructor at the Madeleine Choir School, Utah Valley University, and Hale Center Studios. She is a member of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square 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.
Before pursuing graduate degrees in the US, Dr. Poulter was Artistic Director of the Kammerchor Vocalis, a group of selected young singers from Germany, Switzerland and Austria, representing the church on a European level. Under her direction, the ensemble has performed throughout Europe in cities including Berlin, London, Copenhagen, Prague, Budapest, and Zurich.
In 2018, she co- founded the Amavi Chorale, a project-based chamber ensemble with highly trained and experienced choral singers from along the Wasatch Front and has served as conductor and Artistic Director since. During their first season, the Amavi Chorale has already established a reputation of innovative programming, refined sound, and expressive artistry.
Dr. Poulter and her husband Cameron, a BYU Men’s Chorus alumnus, make their home in Draper, Utah.