My Thoughts On Music

"Music is the language of the spirit. It has the ability to raise consciousness, foster understanding among peoples, communicate that which is beyond words, and celebrate life. Music educators have the high honor and responsibility of teaching and speaking this invaluable language to future generations."

About Bonnie Campbell

Bonnie Campbell received a doctor of music degree in music literature and clarinet performance from Indiana University. She also holds degrees from Yale University and Roberts Wesleyan College (summa cum laude) and has attended the Banff School of the Arts. Her teachers include James Campbell, Keith Wilson, Margaret Quackenbush, and Alan Hacker.

Dr. Campbell has performed guest recitals at colleges and universities across the country. Her orchestral experience includes performances at the Evian Festival (France) as well as at the opening ceremonies of the Bastille Opera House in Paris. She has been a member of the South Bend Symphony and the Camerata Chamber Orchestra of Bloomington, an ensemble jointly comprised of faculty and students from the Indiana University School of Music. She has performed in New York City at Merkin Hall and at Lincoln Center, where she played the Mozart Clarinet Quintet as part of the Mozart Bicentennial Celebration. 
In Chicago, Dr. Campbell performs frequently at the Cultural Center. She has also been heard on WFMT’s Live from Studio One and on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series. She is a founding member of the Daedalus Duo and Vermillion (with pianist Diana Schmück and cellist Judy Stone), with whom she performed at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest 2007 held in Vancouver, BC. At the invitation of the International Clarinet Association, she presented the world premier performance of Robert Kritz’s Diaspora Dances at ClarinetFest 2009 in Oporto, Portugal.

Life at VanderCook

Education is about expanding horizons. At VanderCook, we are passionate about supporting each student’s path of growth and discovery. It is our goal to guide students to speak the language of music with as much honesty, awareness, and proficiency as possible and to help them share their unique inner voice with others on the stage and in the classroom.

As part of the VanderCook clarinet studio, you will have a weekly individual lesson that is tailored to your unique needs, interests, and goals. You will also have regular opportunities to gain practical performing experience within a nurturing environment. In addition, you will be a valued member of our clarinet ensemble class, where together we explore various facets of clarinet playing, including development of optimal breath support, embouchure, technique, articulation, intonation, sightreading strategies, body awareness, mental focus, and reed-working skills within a supportive, yet rigorous atmosphere. As part of this class you will also have the opportunity to perform gems of the clarinet chamber repertoire that include the full spectrum of the clarinet family from the Eb soprano to the Bb contrabass. Please consider joining our vibrant learning community, where we aspire to speak the language of music with eloquence.

Are you thinking about becoming a music teacher? If so, I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about teaching music. I'd also love to chat with you about what VanderCook has to offer and what you can expect if you choose to study clarinet here. Feel free to contact me at for more information.

VanderCook College of Music - (312) 225-6288