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B.M., Music, Drew University, Madison, NJ
M.M., Voice Performance and Pedagogy, Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ
D.M.A., Voice Performance and Pedagogy, University of Colorado
Licensed Body Mapping Educator, 2009
Bonnie Draina’s clear understanding of the challenges facing performing artists, comprehensive knowledge of human anatomy, and engaging presence combine to make her a popular and effective presenter. She has been teaching Body Mapping since 2002, presenting courses and workshops across North America and in Asia for collegiate music programs and professional groups. She maintains a private studio and has taught studio voice at schools such as Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she also taught vocal pedagogy and played a key role in the expansion of the Musicians’ Wellness Program. In 2022 she taught weekly Body Mapping classes for all singers at Aspen Music Festival and School.
As a performing artist, Bonnie's interests cover a broad spectrum. She has appeared in operas, recitals, and choral groups, as well as with marching, jazz, and rock bands, playing instruments ranging from piano to sousaphone. Recently she has combined several areas of expertise to music direct youth productions such as Little Women and West Side Story, and arranging scores and leading the pit band for an Americana/folk music production of The Wizard of Oz.
In 2019, Mountain Peak Music published Bonnie’s workbook, The Breathing Book for Singers. Her chapter on “Alexander Technique, Body Mapping and Phonation” is featured in a vocal textbook published in 2022 by the Korean Association of Voice for Performing Arts.
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