ASMAC Executive Board Secretary
Bonnie is a native Angelino from a musical family. Her father played alto sax with Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Xavier Cugat and the Dorsey Brothers. She began piano at age 9, followed by drums and arranging/orchestration in college, and then composition and conducting.
Bonnie completed her bachelor program and graduate work at California State University, Los Angeles, and was a participant in the world famous EarleHagen BMI Film Scoring Workshop. She completed the University of SouthernCalifornia Advanced Studies Program, Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television, where she was awarded the annual BMI Award. She is also a 2001 Los Angeles Music Week honoree. She studied composition with noted film and television composers David Angel.
A multi-faceted writer and performer, Bonnieʼs experience covers a broad range of styles and musical idioms. She is a highly regarded pianist and drummer, in addition to her composing career. Bonnieʼs writing credits include composing and arranging for a multitude of shorts, film, jingles, live shows – including Jay Lenoʼs “Tonight Show” – vocalists, big bands and symphony orchestras, from combos to large ensembles, and from< Dixieland to jazz to Latin to classical to Pop.
She has been featured in the Orient, Europe and throughout the United States. Her film scores have been featured in numerous festivals and won Best Music in the Zephyr Theater Shorts and LA 48 Hour Film Festivals. Bonnie created the all-women big band, “Maiden Voyage,” and has appeared on Johnny Carsonʼs “Tonight Show,” as well as on a Big Band Weekend opposite Count Basie, Woody Herman, Harry James and Maynard Ferguson. She was nominated in the 2004 and 2006 Just Plain Folks Music Awards and her jazz waltz, “Oliviaʼs First Waltz” won Best Instrumental Jazz Song in the JPF Folks 2002 Music Awards. Her biography appears in “Whoʼs Who in Entertainment.”
In theatre, Bonnie has composed in the Playwright-Composer Studio 2000 of the A.S.K. Theater Project. She has completed six full length shows and is currently composing for two new musicals as a member of the Academy for New Musical Theater (formerly the Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop).