Dr. Andrea Solya is Teaching Associate Professor of Composition-Theory and Choral Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is also the director of the U of I Women’s Glee Club. She also coordinates the two-year course sequence of Musicianship (aural skills) and teaches choral conducting and literature to undergraduate and graduate music education students.
In addition to her duties at the University of Illinois, she is in daily contact with middle school and high school choral singers of the Champaign-Urbana area as the director of Chamber Choir and Youth Chorale at the Central Illinois Children’s Chorus since 2006. As a native of Hungary, her newly designed Musicianship curriculum at the University of Illinois is based on a Hungarian model and stands on the major pillars of the Kodály method. During the summers, she teaches musicianship, conducting and choral methodology in the master’s program of the Kodály Institute at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Solya also serves as College/University Repertoire and Standards chair of IL-ACDA. Her research interest includes the choral music of Andreas Rauch as well as the art of teaching sight singing for the choral singer and beyond. She has performed and presented on national and international stages and has been working on a critical edition of 25 motets called “Thymiaterium Musicale” from 1625 by Rauch.