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Bonnie L. Cochran is a Boston area flutist, composer and teacher who performs regularly throughout the Boston area. An avid chamber musician, Bonnie performs with The Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble, Chamber Music MetroWest and the Cochran-Wrenn Duo. She has also performed with the New Bedford Symphony, Willow Flute Ensemble, Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra, Metrowest Symphony, the National Flute Association (NFA) Professional Flute Choir and in musical theater productions with Boston Theatre Works, Bay Colony Productions, Turtle Lane Players, and Wellesley Players.
Bonnie performed the newly rediscovered CPE Bach Concerto in D Major in Nashville as a winner of the NFA's Convention Performer Competition, and she won a concerto competition to perform Chaminade's Concertino with the Agnes Scott College Orchestra. In the past few years, Bonnie has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at the NFA Flute Conventions in Nashville and Washington D.C, the Ogunquit Chamber Music Festival, Assumption College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and First Night Worcester. She, along with harpist Sarah Anne Manning, were featured performers at Old South Meeting House for recent First Night Boston celebrations. Jessica Kriley of Old South Meeting House described their inaugural performance as "awe-inspiring and truly memorable. Their talent and demeanor are traits of exceptional musicians. Sarah and Bonnie’s artistic ability is astounding."
Bonnie's CD, Song and Dance, a collaboration with harpist Sarah Anne Manning, contains a collection of flute music, including several of Bonnie's original compositions. Bonnie can also be heard on the PBS American Experience episode, Edison, the Willow Flute Ensemble CD and a Holiday CD produced by the Minor Chord School of Music. Bonnie has appeared on WCVB's Chronicle and in the HBO miniseries, Olive Kitteridge.
Her primary teachers have included Linda Toote, Elinor Preble, Paul Brittan and Cynthia Keller, and she has performed in master classes with Keith Underwood, Susan Glaser, Paul Edmund-Davies and Laura Barron. Bonnie holds a MM in Flute Performance from The Boston Conservatory and BAs in Music and Religious Studies from Agnes Scott College.
In addition to performing, Bonnie teaches private flute lessons and enjoys composing music. Bonnie's compositions have been performed on numerous concerts across the United States, including performances at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Greater Boston Flute Association Flute Fair, Washington State Capitol, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, The Boston Conservatory and Agnes Scott College. In addition, her arrangement of Silent Night can be heard on Harpist Sarah Anne Manning’s Winter Wonderland CD. Bonnie has studied composition with John Heiss, John Clement Adams, Larry Bell, and Ronald Byrnside.
Bonnie is a member of the Boston Musicians' Association, Chamber Music America and the National Flute Association.