Dr. Timothy Bonenfant
D.M.A., University of Nevada-Las Vegas
M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts
B.M., M.M., University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Single reed studio and directs the Jazz Ensemble
Dr. Timothy Bonenfant is Associate Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone at Angelo State University where he also teaches Survey of Rock and Roll and directs the ASU Jazz Ensemble.
A native of Annapolis, MD, Bonenfant received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While at UNLV, he performed with the Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra and the famed UNLV Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Frank Gagliardi. During his time with the jazz ensemble, the band played with Joe Williams, Don Menza, Louis Bellson, Chuck Findley, Marlena Shaw and Carl Fontana
Bonenfant also holds a master’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts, where he worked with John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Milton Babbitt, Luciano Berio, John Cage, Paul Dresher, Morton Feldman, Steven Horowitz, Stephen Mosko, Mel Powell, Steve Reich and Frederic Rzewski.
Bonenfant holds the distinction as being the first student to earn the DMA degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 2004, he won the UNLV Concerto Competition, which resulted his performance of Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsody.
He is a former member of the Nevada Symphony Orchestra and the Las Vegas Philharmonic. He has also worked with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Abilene Philharmonic, the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, the Boise Symphony Orchestra, the Nevada Opera Theater, and with various musical groups on the Las Vegas Strip. His professional experience also includes playing with such notable performers as Luciano Pavorotti, Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Charlotte Church, Theodore Bikel, John Duykers, Marvin Hamlisch, Tommy Tune, Dudley Moore, David Foster, Sandi Patty, Rip Taylor, the Village People and the Moody Blues.
A strong advocate of new music, he was a featured performer at the International Clarinet Associations Clarinetfest 2011. There he gave the world premiere of Virko Baley’s Treny Laments IA for unaccompanied Bb contrabass clarinet. He recently recorded an album of Baley’s works for various members of the clarinet family, including Treny Laments. He has performed on three other recordings. Two of these feature him playing works written especially for him, which include “The Evening News” by Steven Horowitz (the composer of the soundtrack to “Super Size Me”) and “Wind Songs” by Las Vegas based composer Walter Blanton. In the jazz realm, he performed on bass clarinet as part of Blanton’s CD “Voyage From The Past.”
Bonenfant has performed throughout the United States as well as Scotland. His major teachers included Alberto Asercion, Felix Viscuglia, William Powell, Raphael Sanders, Marina Sturm, Michael Limoli and Michele Zukovsky. In his free time, he plays with the Fort Concho Enterprise, a 19th century-era baseball team based in San Angelo, Texas.