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Katherine Bonner-Russo

Tuba and Euphonium Faculty

HCD Music

Hartt Community Division
860.768.4451 F 19

Tubist Katherine Bonner teaches tuba and euphonium lessons, coaches chamber music, and is Director of the Performers Certificate Program at The Hartt School Community Division, where she has been on the faculty since 2009. She holds a Master's Degree in Music Performance and a Graduate Performance Diploma from The Hartt School and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance and a Diploma from the Arts Leadership Program from the Eastman School of Music.

Katherine is the principal tubist of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Bonner has performed with the Chelsea Symphony, Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, Wallingford Symphony, and Classic Brass of Willimantic. She has performed in venues across the United States, including Carnegie Hall, Cornell University, the Elley-Long Music Center, Eastman Theater, The Bushnell, Faneuil Hall, and Woolsey Hall. She can be heard on the Juno Award nominated collaborative recording with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and the Canadian Brass Quintet, titled "Manhattan Music" (ArkivMusic) and the release "Dragon Rhyme" by The Hartt School Wind Ensemble (Naxos).

Her primary teachers include Scott Mendoker and Don Harry, with additional lessons and masterclasses from Chester Schmitz, Dave Kirk, Tim Buzzbee, Ron Bishop, Charles Villarubia, Mark Kellogg, and the American Brass Quintet.

Ms. Bonner was a winner of the 2009 Paranov Concerto Competition at The Hartt School, a recipient of Hartt's 20/20 Scholarship, and recipient of the Howard Hanson Scholarship and the George Pettinger Memorial Fund at The Eastman School of Music.

Her goal for her students is for them learn how to express themselves through music. She loves to work with students of all ages, helping them to tap into their innate creativity and nurturing their musical skills through fun (and sometimes unconventional!) lessons and practice routines.

I believe that music lessons push students to a level of excellence that they can apply to all aspects of their lives, both musical and nonmusical. I push students to do things they previously did not believe possible and to be critical thinkers and listeners so they eventually do not need me to teach them how to improve.