Summer Administrative Assistant
Bonnie Joy Blanchard has always possessed a flair for the dramatic. Before she began seriously studying music, Bonnie’s creative mind was inspired by the mountains of Skagway, Alaska, where she grew up. Bonnie graduated with her B.A. in Vocal Performance from Central Washington University in 2017. Her primary voice teacher was Dr. Gayla Blaisdell. In 2019 she received her M. M. in Voice Performance from West Virginia University after studying with Dr. Hope Koehler and James Kennon Mitchell.
She was in the NATS winner circle for 9 years and won a talent scholarship in her undergraduate studies. In 2019, she won the WVU Young Artist Competition, making her solo concert debut with Sieben Frühe Lieder by Alban Berg. She has been working as a church soloist and local recitalist in between traveling for auditions all around the U.S. As a light lyric coloratura, some of Bonnie’s full operatic roles include Pamina and Papagena from Die Zauberfloete, Barbarina from Le Nozze di Figaro, and Angelina from Trial by Jury by Gilbert & Sullivan.
In the summer of 2018, Bonnie received a partial scholarship to AIMS in Graz, where she studied in the Lieder program. She was privileged to work extensively with Gabriel Dobner, Marjorie Stevens, and Nina Radtke. Bonnie is thrilled to work for AIMS this coming summer, as the program helped shape her into the musician she is today.