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Bonnie Pomfret

Teaching Artist Statement
I have wanted to be a music teacher since I was about nine years old!  The latest research shows that talent is much less of a factor in successful music-making than we have previously thought. This means practice is important; can you tell I started as a pianist?  I do my best to develop a strong and balanced skill base of technique and musicianship with my students, and am comfortable teaching classical, folk, and Broadway.

Teaching bio
Bonnie Pomfret has a BM (Voice and Piano) State Conservatory of Freiburg, Germany; MM (Voice), Boston Conservatory, DM (Voice) Indiana University. A member of South Shore Conservatory’s voice faculty since 2008, Bonnie has experience in voice rehabilitation (McClosky certified) and opera directing as well as other voice related courses. She has been teaching since 1975.  Bonnie's students have gone on to attend leading college music programs (University of Michigan, Hartt, Indiana University, NEC) and to sing leading roles in the national tours of Wicked and Beauty and the Beast, as well as performing in regional opera and symphony choruses, and teaching at all levels. Other positions include Boston University, Emory University, Illinois State University (emeritus), University of Alabama-Birmingham Director of Opera, Brookline Music School, and private teaching.

Performance bio
Soprano Bonnie Pomfret has performed music from the 12th to the 21st centuries in seven languages in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Appearances include the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Capitol Cities Opera, Indiana Opera Theatre, the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, West Deutsche Rundfunk, and with regional orchestras and choral societies in the United States.  Recital venues include Atlanta, Berlin,, Beijing, Bremen, Geneva,, Los Angeles, San Diego, St. Petersburg (Russia) and Strasbourg.
Oratorio credits include Beethoven Choral Fantasy and Ninth Symphony, Berlioz and Bruckner settings of the Te Deum, Dvorak Stabat Mater, Handel Messiah, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Grand Mass in C, Orff Carmina Burana, Vaughn Williams Dona Nobis Pacem and the Requiem masses of Mozart, Brahms, and Verdi.  
As Ortlinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre, Act III, with Atlanta Symphony, Donald Runnicles conducting, she “….stood out for  strength of voice and graceful phrasing” (the Atlanta Journal-Constitution). In recital in Raleigh, Classical Voice NC  described her as having “true power, control, and acting ability.”  Recently she released a critically-acclaimed solo compact disc, De toda la eternidad; Songs by American Women, including a song cycle composed for her by Libby Larsen.