Bonita Boyd

"The final aim and reason for all music is the glorification of God and the refreshment of the spirit."
-Johann Sebastian Bach

Upcoming EventS

    Artist in Residence: China Conservatory, Beijing. June 2017

    Artist Faculty: Aria International Summer Academy, Massachusetts. July 2017

    Artist Faculty: CREDO Flute Festival, Chicago. July 2017

    The Artistic Flutist: Bonita Boyd International Masterclass, Eastman School of Music. August 2017. Luke Fitzpatrick, Artistic Director.

    Guest Artists:

    •  Mindy Kaufman, Solo Piccolo,  NY Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Emily Skala, Principal Flutist, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
    • Anne Harrow, Faculty, Eastman School of Music

    Guest Artist: University of Toronto School of Music. September 2017

    Bonita Boyd & Nicholas Goluses Duo. Concert Tour of China. December 2017.

    Recent Events

    Guest Artist: University of Central Florida. March 2017

    Judge: William Byrd Young Artist Competition. March 2017

    Guest Artist: University of Kansas School of Music. Recital and Masterclass. March 2017

    Guest Artist: Syracuse University, Setnor School of Music. Recital and Masterclass. February 2017

    Guest Artist & Judge: Singapore International Flute Festival & Competition. January 2017

    Eastman Artist Series. Trio Concert with Barry Snyder and Steven Doane. December 2016

    Guest Artist  Masterclass: Rice University, Shepherd School of Music. November 2016

    Solo Recital: Eastman Artist Series. September 2016

    Masterclass: Aspen Festival. August 2016

    Guest Artist: National Flute Association 2016 Convention, San Diego, CA

    • Friday Evening Gala Concert
    • Pedagogy Breakfast Speaker
    • Closing Concert Performance

    First Annual Bonita Boyd International Flute Masterclass at Eastman School of Music: August 1-8, 2016.

    • Guest Artists: Aaron Goldman, Jessica Sindell
    • Executive Director: Luke Fitzpatrick

    Artist Faculty: CREDO Chicago: July 25-30, 2016.

    Artist Faculty: Aria International Festival: July 15-24, 2016.

    Guest Artist: MasterWorks 2016: July 9, 2016. (performance of Katherine Hoover's "Four Winds" with Masterworks Symphony Orchestra)

    Guest Artist: Flutissimo 2016 at the University of Georgia: June 20-24, 2016. 



      Concerts & Press Material



      Press Photos


      Billed as the greatest flutist of her generation, she may well be; she certainly set a mark for young (and older established) flutists to aim for.
      — Fanfare Magazine
      James Galway and Jean-Pierre Rampal are now joined in the forward ranks by a cheery young American girl named Bonita Boyd.
      — Albert Goldberg, Los Angeles Times
      …a flabbergasting account of her talent.
      — Donal Henehan (senior critic), New York Times
      Like Moiseiwitsch and Dame Myra Hess, Boyd’s playing is informed by a sense of unhurried serenity whether in episodes of reflective nature or in more bravura passages. And this, allied to a superbly secure flute line, a wide tonal range and a sure sense of style resulted in interpretative magic.
      — The Australian
      The American press compares her to James Galway and Jean-Pierre Rampal and her Frankfurt debut indeed confirmed that Bonita Boyd is a musician of great dimension.
      — Frankfurter Allgemeine
      Whether harmonizing or in unison with Boyd’s delicious flute, the combination is nectar for the ears. Boyd carries the melodic line with beauty and energy.
      — American Record Guide
      Bonita Boyd- the Horowitz of the Flute. Her recital was a compendium of marvels. Her physical command of the instrument is virtually beyond reproach and, in a keyboard context, would have warranted the description Horowitzian.
      — The Western Australian
      Boyd’s ripe tone, sure technique, and sensitive response to the different pieces add up to the sort of joyous communicativeness that can hold its own in the most august musical company.
      — Stereo Review
      Talk about your magic flute. When Bonita Boyd and the Savannah Symphony finished the first movement, the audience couldn’t restrain itself. Contrary to symphonic etiquette, which demands that listeners sit in chloroformed silence waiting for the composition’s end even if someone has just knocked their socks off, the crowd showered Boyd with rapturous applause. She’s clearly one of the world’s great flutists.
      — Savannah Morning News

      Bonita Boyd 2016 International Masterclass, Eastman School of Music.