Connecticut native Bonnie Alger is in her final year of doctoral studies at the University of Maryland –School of Music, where she has conducted the University of Maryland Repertoire Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Chamber Singers, as well as on the UMD Bach Cantata Series and various student recitals. Her dissertation focuses on the history, development, and culture of women’s orchestras outside of the United States.


Prior to moving to Maryland, Ms. Alger spent two years as the Director of Choral Activities at GEMS American Academy (GAA) in Abu Dhabi. Under her direction, the choral program at GAA sent singers to an international honor choir festival in Stavanger, Norway. Her students have worked with members of the Philadelphia-based ensemble Orchestra 2001, and the legendary Quincy Jones. As a violinist, Ms. Alger played with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Symphony Orchestra at events such as the 42nd UAE National Day celebrations and the Dubai World Cup.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Ms. Alger completed a master’s degree in music education and received scholarships from both the Thornton School of Music and Rossier School of Education. She holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Northern Iowa, and a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University.

In addition to her conducting duties at the University of Maryland, she maintains an active schedule as a freelance mezzo-soprano and violinist. She has performed at a wide variety of venues in the D.C./Baltimore region, including the Kennedy Center, The Music Center at Strathmore, and Meyerhoff Hall. She has taught voice, violin, viola, flute, trumpet, and piano to students of all ages and experience levels.

Ms. Alger is also an avid cyclist, and can be found biking the trails in the D.C. metropolitan area.


Bonnie teaches Sunday