About

Bonnie Lander is avant-garde soprano, violinist, free improviser, and composer based in the larger Philadelphia area. As a performer and composer Bonnie specializes in absurd, fast paced, expressive, and theatrical works for voice. In the past few years Bonnie has developed a series of graphic scores called "Objects in Space," multi-channel installations, and created a series of intense, theatrical series of works called "Inside Voices." These works revolve around the theme of experiencing the voices, noise, and emotional narratives in the performer's mind.  Premiered in 2013 as a performance piece for multichannel voice and live improvisation Bonnie was commissioned to write the second chapter of "Inside Voices" entitled Coping Mechanisms by NYC based opera company "Rhymes With Opera." This piece will premier in 2017 both in San Diego and New York City.


Bonnie completed her master's degree in opera performance and computer music at the Peabody Institute. At Peabody Bonnie worked with renowned soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson on 20th/21st century repertoire such as Georges Aperghis, John Cage, Cathy Berberian, Milton Babbitt, and Gy├Ârgy Ligeti, leading to a series of performances of Ligeti's Aventures/Nouvelles Aventures with conductor/pianist Leon Fleisher at the 92nd St Y (NYC), The Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), and the Library of Congress (Washington, DC). She is currently pursuing a doctorate at UC San Diego where she has had the opportunity to perform with Red Fish Blue Fish and the Ban On A Can All Stars at the Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles) and the Moore Theater (Seattle). At UCSD Bonnie has collaborated extensively with jazz pianist and opera composer Anthony Davis, premiering the role of "Nora's Mind," a role which mixes improvisatory, electronic, and composed elements for the world premier of his opera Lear On The Second Floor. Bonnie's vocals were also heard at the 2016 premier of Davis' opera Five. 

Bonnie has performed across the United States and Europe at Omaha Under the Radar, Des Moines Under the Radar, Make Music NY, and the Internationales Musikinstitute Darmstadt. She has collaborated with improvisers and composers Judith Hamann, Paul Pinto, Wojtek Blecharz, Clinton McCallum, David Smooke, Ruby Fulton, John Dierker, Shodekeh, and Mike Formanek. As co-founder of "Rhymes With Opera" (founded in 2008) Bonnie has been partially responsible for commissioning and premiering many new works for chamber opera. She also serves as the Director of Education and Outreach for San Diego New Music, working with San Diego Refugee Tutoring on a music outreach program for refugee elementary students in City Heights. Please check out San Diego New Music for more info about the program and how to help out!