B i o g r a p h y
Courtney Bonifant is a violist and educator currently based 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 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 routinely 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. In addition to teaching private lessons and group classes at the Settlement, Ms. Bonifant also maintains an online studio of violin and viola students.
For more information about the studio, or to inquire about lessons, please visit the Teaching page.