BRIAN BONIN, the Coordinator of Vocal Music and Assistant Professor of Music at Georgia Perimeter College, teaches applied voice lessons, lyric diction, and opera workshop, and is the director of the GPC Chorale. He has also taught at Emory University and Piedmont College. Brian holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance from Louisiana State University, where he studied voice with Patricia O’Neill and was a teaching assistant.
In recent performance, Dr. Bonin performed Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro with Peach State Opera and sang the baritone solos in Dvořák’s Te Deum with the Columbus State University (GA) Philharmonic. An avid art song interpreter, Brian has worked with pianist collaborators Martin Katz and John Keene, American art song interpreter Paul Sperry, spiritual arranger Moses Hogan and singers Christòpheren Nomura and Jennifer Larmore. He has sung a variety of recital programs ranging from Schubert’s bleak, monumental song cycle Winterreise to an evening of humorous songs about animals. In opera, he has sung with Opéra Louisiane, Peach State Opera, New Orleans Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, the Aspen Opera Theater Center, the Baisley Powell Elebash Opera Theater and LSU Opera Theater in roles such as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Schaunard in La bohème, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Junius in The Rape of Lucretia, Voltaire/Pangloss/Cacambo/Martin in Candide, King Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Speaker in The Magic Flute, and Johann in Werther. In the summer of 2009, he performed Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro with the Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar in Weimar, Germany.