Sonia Vlahcevic received her Bachelor of Music degree with honors and Master of Music degree in piano pedagogy from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass. While a graduate student at the conservatory, Vlahcevic was awarded graduate assistantships in music history, solfeggio and theory. She earned her doctorate in theory from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Her dissertation topic involved a stylistic analysis of Sergei Prokofiev’s sonatas for piano. In addition, she completed post-graduate studies in piano with Zbigniew Drzewiecki, head of the Chopin Institute in Warsaw, Poland, and Stig Ribling, piano faculty at the States Higher School of Music in Stockholm, Sweden. Before coming to VCU, Vlahcevic held faculty appointments at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she taught theory at the college level, and at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Her performances include numerous two-piano recitals, lecture recitals and solo piano concerts, including a 2005 lecture-recital in Alcala de Henares, Spain at the College Music Society International Conference. In 2006 she performed at the International Arts and Humanities Conference in Hawaii followed by another presentation in 2008 in Hawaii. In addition, she presented lecture-recitals at the College Music Society International Conference in Bangkok, Thailand in 2007; in Zagreb, Croatia in 2009; Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2013; Finland in 2015; Australia in 2017; and presented in Belgium in 2019. She also performed at an international conference in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia in 2009. Dr. Vlahcevic was also selected to present a lecture-recital at the 2011 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.
At VCU, Vlahcevic has had an active role in teaching and advising students. As professor of music, she now teaches courses in form and analysis, advanced 20th Century aural skills, music since 1945, analysis for performance, and other original course topics.