B i o g r a p h y

Courtney Bonifant is a violist and educator currently residing in Berea, Ohio. Originally from a small town in New Hampshire, she graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance and with a Master of Music degree in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2011. Her primary teachers include John Graham, Carol Rodland, and Lynne Ramsey. 

Ms. Bonifant enjoys a career as both a performer and an educator. She is a section violist with the Jackson & Lansing Symphony Orchestras in Michigan and has performed in a substitute capacity with the Ann Arbor and Flint Symphony Orchestras in Michigan; the Akron, Canton, and Toledo Symphony Orchestras in Ohio; and the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra in Pennsylvania. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Bonifant appears often around Southeast Michigan and Northeast Ohio in string duos, trios, and quartets, playing for a variety of events.

Ms. Bonifant began her training as a Suzuki violin instructor with Kimberly Meier-Sims at CIM, and has completed numerous other Suzuki violin and viola courses with Carrie Reuning-Hummel, Sarah Bylander-Montzka, Mark Mutter, Gail Johansen, and April Losey. Ms. Bonifant is committed to continuing education in her field and routinely attends institutes and workshops around the country.

Ms. Bonifant lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan for three years while her husband attended University of Michigan to complete his doctorate. While there, she was on the faculty of the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute, and continues to teach students from Ann Arbor via various online platforms. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She is thrilled to be back in Northeast Ohio, where she maintains a private violin & viola studio out of her home in Berea, teaching students both online and in person.*


For more information about the studio, or to inquire about lessons, please visit the Teaching page.

*Due to Covid-19, all lessons and group classes are taking place online until further notice, regardless of location!

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