Bonnie Terry is the Associate Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony and during summers a violinist with the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra in Chicago.
She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Cleveland Institute of Music where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Violin Performance and was a student of William Preucil, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. She attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan where she graduated with honors. While at Eastman she won the Starling Foundation Scholarship competition and was awarded the Performer’s Certificate. She has also studied with Paul Kantor, Andres Cardenes, Gerald Elias, Doris Preucil, and Hiroko Primrose.
A native of Salt Lake City, Bonnie began playing the violin at age six. At age ten she made her solo debut with the Utah Symphony under the direction of Joseph Silverstein. Summer festivals and fellowships have included the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado where she was a member of the Aspen Chamber Orchestra for three summers, the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, the Alexander Schneider New York String Seminar, and the Tanglewood Young Artist Quartet Program.
After graduate school, Bonnie spent a year with the New World Symphony Orchestra in Florida as both concertmaster and section violinist. Then, at age 25 she won her first job as concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra where she also taught at the University of Arizona. During her three years there she regularly soloed with the orchestra. In 2001 she soloed with the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra in Germany performing Barber’s Violin Concerto. A career highlight came in 2003 when Ms. Terry filled in at the last minute as the soloist for Edgar Meyer’s Violin Concerto in New York City for American Ballet Theatre’s production of a ballet called “Sin and Tonic.”
Prior to moving to San Antonio in 2006, she spent a year as concertmaster and Lecturer in Violin at the University of Virginia. Other orchestra engagements have included performances with the Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Pinchas Zukerman’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ontario, Rochester Philharmonic, and Utah Symphony.
Bonnie plays on a Vuillaume violin made circa 1870.