Education and Background
Stella Bonilla holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Master of Music in Conducting from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Music Violin Performance from State Academy of Music, Sofia, Bulgaria. She received Suzuki certification under the tutelage of Linda Stieg, Brice Farrar, Carol Sykes and Joseph Kaminsky. She is certified to teach the Mark O’Connor violin method, which combines traditional American music with fiddling techniques.
Stella’s performing career includes assistant concertmaster of Butler Symphony Orchestra (Butler, PA), Akron Symphony Orchestra, Classic Touch Strings Orchestra (Akron, OH), Ashland Symphony Orchestra and Mansfield Symphony Orchestra. She has had the opportunity to perform a vast variety of musical repertoire from classical masterpieces to Broadway and pop.
“I feel great passion and excitement for my work, and I enjoy teaching students of all ages. I love equally children’s curiosity and joy of discovery, as well as adults’ intellectual approach to the violin and its challenges. I applaud diversity of music tastes and tailor my instruction according to the student’s interest and abilities. I believe that relaxed body and mind are keys to making beautiful music.”