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Bonnie L. Cochran
is a Boston area flutist, composer and teacher. As a flutist, she performs regularly throughout the Boston area. An avid chamber musician, Bonnie founded The Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble in 2000 and performs regularly with that ensemble. She has also performed with the New Bedford Symphony, Willow Flute Ensemble, Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra, Metrowest Symphony, the National Flute Association (NFA) Professional Flute Choir and in musical theater productions with Boston Theatre Works, Bay Colony Productions, Turtle Lane Players, and Wellesley Players.
Bonnie was a 2004 winner of the NFA's Convention Performer Competition, where she performed the newly rediscovered CPE Bach Concerto in D Major. Other solo appearances include a performance of the Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the Waldorf School Orchestra (March 2006) and Chaminade's Concertino with the Agnes Scott College Orchestra (1998).
In the past few years, Bonnie performed with Willow Flute Ensemble at the NFA Flute Convention (2002), and as a soloist on a recital series at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2001, 2000, 2005). She, along with harpist Sarah Anne Manning, were featured performers at Old South Meeting House for the 2006, 2007 and 2008 First Night Boston celebrations. Jessica Kriley of Old South Meeting House described their 2006 performance as "awe-inspiring and truly memorable. Their talent and demeanor are traits of exceptional musicians. Sarah and Bonnie’s artistic ability is astounding."
In December 2005, Bonnie released her first CD, Song and Dance, a collection of flute music, including several of her original compositions. She is joined by harpist Sarah Anne Manning for four selections on this CD. Bonnie can also be heard on the Willow Flute Ensemble CD, which was released in 2000 and on the 2004 Holiday CD produced by the Minor Chord School of Music.
Her primary teachers have included Linda Toote, Elinor Preble and Paul Brittan, and she has performed in master classes with Keith Underwood, Susan Glaser, Paul Edmund-Davies and Laura Barron. Bonnie holds a MM in Flute Performance from The Boston Conservatory and BA's in Music and Religious Studies from Agnes Scott College.
In addition to performing, Bonnie teaches private flute lessons and enjoys composing music. Bonnie's compositions have been performed on numerous concerts across the United States, including performances at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (2005), the Greater Boston Flute Association Flute Fair (2002), Washington State Capitol (2008), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, The Boston Conservatory and Agnes Scott College. In addition, her arrangement of Silent Night was recently recorded on Harpist Sarah Anne Manning’s Winter Wonderland CD. Bonnie has studied composition with John Heiss, John Clement Adams, Larry Bell, and Ronald Byrnside.