Ms. Courtney Bonifant

Viola, Violin Teacher

Courtney Bonifant

SAA Member


Ann Arbor, MI
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Courtney Bonifant is a violist and educator currently residing in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Originally from a small town in New Hampshire, she graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance, and in 2011 with a Master of Music degree in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her most influential teachers include John Graham and Carol Rodland at Eastman, and Lynne Ramsey at CIM.

Ms. Bonifant enjoys an active career as both a performer and an educator. She is a section violist with the Jackson (MI), Lansing, and Midland (MI) Symphony Orchestras, and a frequent substitute violist with the Ann Arbor and Flint Symphony Orchestras in Michigan; the Akron Symphony Orchestra in Ohio; and the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra in Pennsylvania. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Bonifant appears often around Southeast Michigan and Northeast Ohio in string duos, trios, and quartets, playing for a variety of events.

While at CIM, Ms. Bonifant began her training as a Suzuki violin instructor with Kimberly Meier-Sims, an education she continued recently at the Ithaca Suzuki Institute in Ithaca, New York. There, she completed courses in Violin Books 2 & 3 with Ms. Meier-Sims and Carrie Reuning-Hummel, respectively. During the summer of 2018, Ms. Bonifant continued her Suzuki teacher training at the American Suzuki Institute, where she completed the Viola Book 4 course with Sarah Bylander Montzka.

Ms. Bonifant is currently on the faculty of the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute and a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She maintains a Suzuki violin & viola studio in her home in Ann Arbor, where she is currently accepting new students.