B i o g r a p h y
Courtney Bonifant is a violist and educator currently based in Olmsted Falls, 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 has held section positions 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 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 training 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 regularly attends institutes and workshops around the country.
Ms. Bonifant is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has held faculty positions with the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute and The Music Settlement's Suzuki Program in Cleveland, and has been a guest instructor of group classes at the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Ms. Bonifant currently maintains a private home studio of violin and viola students.
For more information about the studio, or to inquire about lessons, please visit the Teaching page.