Worship Leader

Currently organist at First United Methodist Church in Lockport, Illinois, Bonnie has a lengthy history of service in the church. In the 1980s Bonnie served as Organist and

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Director of Music at First (now Riverside) United Methodist Church in Moline, Illinois where she directed 5 choral ensemble and two handbell choirs. She was on hiatus as

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an organist in the years she taught on the music faculty at Upper Iowa University but was intensely involved with choral conducting. Since moving to the Chicago area in 2003, she served as principal organist at St. Luke Presbyterian Church in Downers Grove before moving to her current position at First United Methodist Church, Lockport.

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Bonnie and Will Thomen at St. Luke Presbyterian, Downers Grove
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Bonnie’s organ repertoire includes French works by Cesar Franck, Louis-Nicolas Clerambault; German repertoire by Dietrich Buxtehude and J. S. Bach; Spanish works by Jose Lidon and Bernardo Pasquini; and numerous early English works by composers such as Jeremiah Clarke, William Boyce, Thomas Thorley, Samuel Wesley, and Matthew Camidge. In addition she performs twentieth century works of her own as well those of Jehan Alain, Anton Heiller, John Leavitt, Paul Manz, and Austin Lovelace. Her own compositions make up an increasing portion of her worship and concert repertoire.

In 2010 Bonnie performed with her husband in concerts throughout Europe, performing works by German, Spanish, and French composers plus works of her own. The most unique instrument they played was the 1900 Rieger Testverek organ in the church of her great-grandparents in Majerka, Slovakia. If anyone knows about this organ or the organ builder, she would love to hear from you.

They also performed in Berlin and Neuhofen in Germany and in Weyer, France.

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Historic organ in Majerka

 

 

 

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worship service in Majerka, Slovakia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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concert in Neuhofen, Germany

 

 

 

 

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Weyer, France Concert
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Hirschland, France

 

 

Bonnie presented a workshop for the Iowa Composers Forumin 2012, demonstrating various organ stops and discussing “Composing for the Organ.”

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Bonnie at the Sundt organ at Luther College
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Composing for the Organ Workshop

Bonnie’s extensive experience as choral director includes serving as Director of Music at First (now Riverside ) United Methodist Church in Moline where she directed the Chancel Choir (adults), Wesley Choir (youth), and Worship’s Servants (contemporary) as well as leading elementary and preschool choir programs.

 

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Directing youth choir (Bonnie in center aisle)
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Adult and youth choirs in rehearsal

 

Bonnie also served on the convocation planning team of The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts in the 1990s. She was instrumental in planning worship for the Fellowship Convocation in Indianapolis in 1996, working both with morning prayer services and major services for the event.