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Dr. Maralyn Sommer

Dr. Maralyn Sommer

Dr. Maralyn Sommer, bassoon, music education, Dean of the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences 870-230-5320

BME, Boise State University
MM in Bassoon Performance, University of Colorado
DMA in Bassoon Performance, University of Arizona

Formerly the Chair of the Music Department at Henderson State University, Maralyn Sommer is the Dean of the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Sommer currently teaches bassoon, elementary music, and music literature. Her bassoon students have won both the Arkansas and the regional MTNA Collegiate Solo Competition in woodwinds, as well as placed in the Federation of Music Clubs solo competitions in past years. She remains active as a performer with the South Arkansas Symphony and as fourth chair and substitute for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Sommer has a passion for chamber music and organizes faculty chamber ensembles and concerts on a regular basis.

The annual President’s Concert, a student competitive solo/concerto concert, was Dr. Sommer’s idea and has now become one of the many excellent annual events sponsored by the music department. She continues to coordinate this program as well as the annual Elementary Music Workshop for elementary school music teachers.


 “The undergraduate education in music that I received from Henderson has changed my life by opening doors for me both educationally and professionally. It prepared me for success by giving me the tools necessary to be a successful music educator. My BME achieved at Henderson afforded me opportunities for success in graduate and post graduate studies as well as professional advancement in addition to allowing my family and me the employment and thus financial security that is so precarious today without such educational opportunities. I am grateful to Henderson State University.”

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Kevin TaylorBachelor of Music - Education (Instrumental), 1982
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