Bonnie McAlvin is a NYC-based composer and flutist. Much of her music uses the special technique of multiphonics—a technique that drew international attention in her 2015 video release, Parallel Transformations. Bonnie has presented concerts and workshops on tuning and balancing multiphonics for the National Flute Association, the University of Aveiro, Texas State University, McGill University, and Adelphi University among other venues.
As a composer, Bonnie’s work has naturally centered on flute music, but her commissions have extended to orchestral works, piano music and several chamber works. Her film score My First Kiss and the People Involved screened in five American cities, including Los Angeles & New York, and was the top pick of the LA Film Festival for CriterionCast and the LA Daily News, and the musical score received a critical grade of “excellent” from The Hollywood Reporter. Other recent commissions include Sandstone Peak, a work which premiered on the provocative pairings series of the Delaware-based chamber ensemble Melomanie and was recorded this season under the expert ears of many-time Grammy winner Andreas Meyer. Bonnie’s works have been performed by members of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, American Composers’ Orchestra, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the Hamptons, and world-ragtime-piano champion William McNally.
As a traditional-technique flutist, Bonnie performs as principal flutist in the Ureuk Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra of the Hamptons, and enjoys a regular improvising stint as temple flutist at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, NY. She won the National Flute Association’s national convention performer competition of 2011, and was featured at the United Nations as flutist-improviser for ResoNations in 2009.