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Bonnie Whiting Smith


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Bonnie Whiting Smith's mission is to explore the flexible boundaries between music and other disciplines. In addition to performing diverse works for percussion, she commissions new music, integrates text and movement into performance, plays turntable, and composes. Bonnie currently works as a freelance percussionist in the Seattle area. In addition to presenting new music concerts around the city, she has performed with ensembles such as the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Percussion Collective, and recorded for Seattlemusic. This summer, she's looking forward to performing at the Banff Centre in Canada, the Oberlin Percussion Institute in Ohio, and playing under Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. She studied at Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin Conservatory (BM), the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM), and she's excited to begin a DMA in contemporary music performance at the University of California, San Diego this fall.

Bonnie spends much of her non-percussive time in the great outdoors running long distances and hiking. You might also find her reading new American fiction and consuming vast quantities of food with her stage director husband, Ben.

Visit Bonnie at her personal Website: www.bonniewhitingsmith.com

Bonnie at a glance

Name: Bonnie Whiting Smith (two last names, no hyphen please)

Bachelor of Music: Oberlin Conservatory

Master of Music: CCM of U of C

Favorite quote (about herself): “You look like a vestal virgin, people will mob the stage.” -Frederic Rzewski (at Music 06)

Second favorite quote (about herself): “When you played that drum solo, it was tight!” -anonymous fifth grader, Culver Elementary School

Hobbies: running, watching Battlestar Galactica, whining and puking

Husband: Ben Smith (one last name, no hyphen)

Who will play her in The Movie: Holly Hunter

Holly Hunter