Areas of Instruction
Flute, Piano, Piccolo
Flutist Bonnie McAlvin is a dedicated and passionate teacher on faculty at Music & Arts Center of Lindenhurst, at the Special Music School of New York City (Kaufman Center, Manhattan), and at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. Bonnie is winner of the National Flute Association’s national Convention Performer Competition, and has appeared internationally as solo recitalist in venues across the United States, Canada and France. In 2009, Bonnie was asked to perform at the United Nations for an international telematic conference, ResoNations, which was designed to promote diplomacy among warring nations. In 2011, Bonnie performed as soloist at the National Flute Association's annual convention, and recently was the guest artist for the 2014 International Electro-Acoustic Music Festival. Bonnie is known for her imaginative and compelling interpretations of both the classic flute repertoire, and of cutting-edge new music. "A unique musical voice…the most original of her generation" was the descriptor chosen by Brooklyn new music legend Robert Dick. Two-time Guggenheim and three-time Prix de Rome winner, John Eaton, said simply, "marvelous!"
Bonnie teaches all levels of flute, from the very first notes to very advanced study. Her students tend to love flute, and their practice habits improve drastically once they begin lessons. As a result, many of her students have gained acceptance into many special programs for young musicians--including All-State Ensembles, SCMEA and NMEA All-County Bands, Gemini Youth Orchestra, Nassau-Suffolk Band, Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and Eastern Music Camp. In addition, her students have been accepted into college flute programs at the Manhattan School of Music, NYU, George Mason University, Ithaca College, University of Delaware, Penn State,SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Potsdam, Rutgers University, Aaron Copland School of Music, and Hofstra University. Several students have been awarded SCMEA Scholarships, the Oheka Castle Art Scholarship, and USDAN Music Center Internships.