Sharon J. Bonneau
- B.M. Clarinet Performance and Instrumental Music Education, Eastman School of Music
- M.A. Conducting, George Mason University
Sharon J. Bonneau graduated as class valedictorian from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree with a dual major in Clarinet Performance and Instrumental Music Education. While at Eastman, Ms. Bonneau studied clarinet with D. Stanley Hasty and Charles Neidich, and jazz improvisation with Ramon Ricker. She participated in the CBS Masterworks Grammy Award winning recording Carnaval, featuring Wynton Marsalis and the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and in the group’s subsequent tour of Eastern North America and Canada.
In 1995, Ms. Bonneau completed a Master of Arts Degree in Conducting at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where she was a student of Anthony Maiello. From September of 1987 through July of 1996, Ms. Bonneau was a member of the United States Air Force Concert Band and was a featured soloist with the band’s dixieland group. She was guest conductor of and soloist with the Concert Band, and she performed with the Air Force Chamber Players and Symphony Orchestra. With the Concert Band, Ms. Bonneau toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe, and performed at numerous music conventions.
She was appointed to the position of Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at George Mason University in January, 1995. Ms. Bonneau has been the Director of Bands at Herndon Middle School since 2001 and is active as an adjudicator and clinician.