Flutist-composer Bonnie McAlvin is winner of the National Flute Association’s national convention performer competition. She is known for her rare ability to play multiphonics—a technique somewhat akin to playing double-stops on a string instrument. Her 2015 video release, “Parallel Transformations” drew international attention for its use of multiphonics in a completely tonal context, and she is featured on the list of famous flutists of All About Flute.
She recently gave a recital of works for multiphonic flute at the Hands-On Flute conference at the University of Aveiro, in Aveiro, Portugal. Her film score, “My First Kiss and the People Involved” won screenings and awards in five American cities after it premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it was the top pick of the festival for the LA Daily News; the score received a grade of ‘excellent’ from The Hollywood Reporter.
Other recent commissions include Sandstone Peak, for the provocative pairings series of the Delaware-based chamber ensemble Melonamie, and Cherry Blossom, a solo flute work commissioned for a 2017 tour of Japan. Her works have been performed by members of the Cleveland Orchestra, members of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, and world ragtime-piano champion William McNally. Bonnie recently completed a work for the Chamber Orchestra of the Hamptons, called Overlooking Hither Hills, which was premiered this summer.
As flutist, Bonnie was featured at the United Nations as flutist-improviser for ResoNations 2009, an international telematic conference designed to promote diplomacy. In 2011, she was invited by the National Flute Association to appear as soloist at their annual convention and she was recently the guest artist for the 2014 International Electro-Acoustic Music Festival. She is principal flutist of the Ureuk Symphony based in Merkin Hall, and Chamber Orchestra of the Hamptons.
Bonnie teaches flute at Music and Arts Center of Lindenhurst, and theory for the Kaufman Center of New York City and Adelphi University. She has given guest workshops on improvisation at NYU, and is producer for the YouTube-based tutorial series, Fourteen Fortnights of Multiphonics, sponsored by Moveable Doors Publications.
Bonnie's teachers have included Robert Dick, Timothy Hutchins, Joanna G'froer, Robert Bush, Stephanie Mortimer, LeAnne Wistrom, and Ken Andrews. She studied Alexander Technique with Lisa Lutton and Bill Connington.