My Background | Online Violin Lessons via Skype

My Background

Little Bonnie

I began violin lessons at age 3, encouraged by my mother, an orchestra teacher with a Masters in Music Education, and my grandmother, a violinist, and past President of the Utah Valley Symphony.


As a child I studied under: Dr. Steve Goodman, Dr. Percy Kalt, Dr. Lawrence Sardoni, and Barbara Williams

At BYU I studied under: Nell Gotkovsky, Dr. Harry Curby, Dr. Ralph Matson (Concertmaster, Utah Symphony)

After graduation I studied with: Meredith Campbell, Dr. Lynette Stewart (Guarnari String Quartet), and Monte Belknap

Presently I study with: Amy Galluzzo (Carpe Diem String Quartet), Calvin Wiersma (Manhattan String Quartet)


Winner of the Huff Music Contest (violin) for five consecutive years, winning the Sweepstakes Award (overall winner, all instruments) in both years of eligibility (’86-’90)

Superior ratings for State Solo and Ensemble competition, (’87-’90)

Sterling Scholar recipient for music at Payson High (’90)

Full four-year scholarship from the BYU music department (’90)

First prize Utah State Fair Advanced Violin Competition in (’92)

Professional & Recording History

Barlow Bradford’s Utah Chamber Artists (’94-’01)

Kurt Bestor ensembles (’96-’15), Mannheim Steamroller Concert (2015)

Concertmaster, Temple Square Christmas Concert with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir under the direction of Craig Jessop (’98)

Recorded with L.A. East Studios, recording television and movie soundtracks (’98-’02)

Tuacahn Pit Orchestra (’03)

Recorded with Spiral Studios (’05)

Concertmaster, Southwest Symphony (’04-’06)

Concertmaster of orchestra with Peter Cetera, Dionne Warwick concerts (’05-’06)

Helena Symphony Orchestra (’12)

First violinist, The Empyrean String Quartet (present)

Solos & Ensembles

BYU Philharmonic under the direction of Clyn Barrus (’90-’94)

BYU honors quartet coached by David Dalton, Bryce Rytting, and the Roger Drinkall/Diane Baker Duo (’92-’94)

Toured the USA with the BYU chamber orchestra (’92-’94)

Played in over 30 quartets, trios, and orchestras, soloing on many occasions including with The Lyceum Chamber Orchestra (’86-’89), Utah Valley Symphony (’91), and a performance of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Southwest Symphony (’04)

Education and Teaching History

I began teaching at age 11 when my orchestra teacher at Payson Middle School, Denise Willey, began sending me students (’83)

Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy, BYU (’96)

Suzuki Teacher Training with Jeanne Grover and Denise Willey, and extensive observation with Deborah Moench (’95-’99)

I’ve taught in the public school system, several different children’s orchestras and chamber groups, and coached many quartets

Dixie State University Adjunct Private Teacher (’04-’09)

Judge for Sterling Scholar, Salute to Youth, State Festivals, Las Vegas Bolognini Scholarship Competition

Workshop presenter Tuacahn Summer Arts Institute, Castle Rock Music Camp

Presently, I annually study chamber music at the Chamber Music Conference of the East in Bennington, Vermont, and the Moab Chamber Retreat in Moab, Utah, and have a private studio based in Santa Clara, Utah, where I teach violin students around the globe via Skype.

My Students

My students have earned scholarships to the Eastman School of Music, BYU, the University of Utah and many others.

In the past ten years I’ve had:

23 students win Music Sterling Scholar, with three winning Regional Music Sterling Scholar, and three more Regional Music Sterling Scholar runners-up

20 students selected to perform in the Salute to Youth Concert with the Southwest Symphony

20 students selected to All-State orchestra, including two concertmasters (2010, 2011), as well as the concertmaster for the St. George Youth Orchestra (2012)

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