Anita Bonkowski

B.Mus., M.Mus. (U. of Vic.)
Theory, history, jazz studies

MacLaurin Building (Music Wing)
By Appointment
abmusico@telus.net

Brief Biography

Anita Bonkowski is an experienced music educator, with a wide range of expertise. She lectures in theory, history and orchestration in the areas of both jazz and classical music. An international composer, arranger and performer, Anita specializes in bass, drums and percussion. Since earning her Masters Degree in Music, she has continued to perform jazz and R&B, musical theater, in show bands, and with various chamber ensembles.

Having begun as a performer, Anita then branched out into the world of composition and arranging. She has contributed both original compositions and arrangements to numerous albums, many of which can be heard on CBC and NPR.
Anita was a staff arranger and performer for the Commonwealth Games, has made various appearances on recordings, television and jingles, and has also been commissioned to write for various artists and schools across Canada. Her tours include performances at festivals and club venues across Western Europe, North America, the Caribbean, and the Yukon, as well as performing locally at the Du Maurier Jazz Festival, BluesBash and the TerrifVic Jazz Festival in Victoria.

Besides appearing with such musicians as Herb Ellis, Dee Daniels, PJ Perry and Hugh Fraser, Anita has also backed performers such as Johnny Mathis, Englebert Humperdink, The Moody Blues and most recently she performed in the house band for the David Foster Miracle Concert, playing with musicians such as Sarah McLachlan, Kenny G, Josh Groban, Ruben Studdard and the Canadian Tenors.



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