Augustine Sobeng

Augustine Sobeng is a native of Shama in the Western Region of Ghana, and is currently a Master’s student in Organ performance at Setnor School of Music in Syracuse University, studying with Dr. Annie Laver and Dr. Alexander Meszler. He studied Medical Laboratory Technology for his undergraduate program at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (K.N.U.S.T) in Kumasi, Ghana. Influenced by both family background and musical exposure, his expressive tendencies found outlet especially in organ and choral music. He served as a conductor of the school choir in Prempeh College, and organist/choirmaster for the University Choir-KNUST. 

Throughout and after his undergraduate study, he worked and trained with the Harmonious Chorale-Ghana, where he was a part of several large concerts every year for over 7 years, serving as Principal organist. Although he did not receive any formal musical education, he put himself through music theory and practical exam with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), earning a diploma certificate (with distinction score) in the 2018 Organ practical exam. That same year he was awarded the best keyboardist in Ghana, and the following year, received admission with a VPA Fellow Scholarship to study for his Master of Music. While in Syracuse, he has been privileged to study in the Masterclass of Prof. Christa Rakich in the 2019 conference of the Organ Historical Society (OHS).

Augustine has been named to the The Diapason’s 2021 class of 20 under 30. In May 2021, he won first prize in the ‘solo instrumental work’ category for the Setnor Outstanding Artists’ Competition at Syracuse University.