Bonnie Draina is a respected pedagogue specializing in injury prevention and recovery. She has been teaching Body Mapping since 2002, presenting courses and workshops across North America, and recently in Seoul, Korea, for colleges, universities and professional groups. She is a licensed teacher of Body Mapping and an active member of Andover Educators, working to promote the health and abilities of musicians through somatic and sensory training. Her Breathing Book for Singers, edited by Barbara Conable, will be released by Mountain Peak Press in April 2019. In 2014 Mountain Peak Press published Notes of Hope, for which she contributed the chapter titled "Rethinking Recovery."
Bonnie has been a studio voice teacher for 25 years at schools such as Drew University, Princeton Theological Seminary and University of Colorado-Boulder, where she taught vocal pedagogy and played a key role in the expansion of the Musicians' Wellness Program. Dr. Draina holds MM and DMA degrees in voice performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College and University of Colorado - Boulder. She is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Van Lawrence Fellowship, which allowed her to further her study of muscle tension dysphonia and other voice disorders.
A classically-trained soprano with eclectic tastes, Dr. Draina has premiered and previewed works by composers such as Lee Hoiby, John B. Hedges, Carter Pann and Laurie Altman, and has a repertoire of several hundred songs, chamber works and operatic and oratorio roles in nine languages. Some of her favorite collaborations include the world premiere of Sayaka Ishiguro's Hushaby Songs with pianist Mutsumi Moteki and performances of music of Appalachia with hammered dulcimer expert Lucille Reilly. Bonnie retired from public performance in 2011 following her diagnosis with a vocal disorder.
Dr. Draina has worked in the arts in various capacities, including development for the New York Philharmonic, costuming at the Bucks County Playhouse, and opera direction with Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts. Over the years, she has played instruments ranging from piano to sousaphone with marching, jazz and rock bands.
Bonnie Draina's clear understanding of the challenges facing performing artists, comprehensive knowledge of human anatomy and engaging presence combine to make her a popular and effective teacher. She lives in Carbondale CO with her husband Matt, a solar professional and rock star, and their son.