is the composer of The Summer King: The Josh Gibson Story, and numerous other works of chamber, larger ensemble, and vocal music, as well as several albums of original rock music. He lives in Portland, Maine, and is Professor of Music at the University of Southern Maine. See the Summer King at Michigan Opera Theatre in May 2018!
"The Summer King is a compelling theatrical experience and a serious, thought-provoking addition to the repertory....The score is quite strong. Sonenberg’s eclectic aural landscape incorporates jazz, ragtime, swing, even extending to mariachi in a scene where Gibson goes to Mexico to play for the Veracruz Azules. Sonenberg’s vocal writing is demanding—he favors extremes of the range—but almost always idiomatic and gratifying."