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