vocalist and founder of "Los Tanyaderos Ensemble"
has an extensive background in the areas of performance and Linguistics.
linguist and folklorist, Bonita holds two master's degrees and is
considered an expert in the language, folklore, and music of Sephardim.
From her grandfather she learned the family's kantigas (songs) and
romanzas (ballads) brought from Spain during the Jewish expulsion
in 1492. From this expulsion to the Ottoman Empire, the language
and culture of Spain was preserved, and Sephardim survived.
singing has depth and range, and she brings with it an interpretation
of the stories of the Diaspora. She trained at the Juilliard School
of Music, Cornell University, California State University, Fullerton
and is currently working on her doctorate at Clarement Graduate
Professor at Santa Ana College, Bonita has many
honors, including the Distinguished Faculty Award, the Professional
Achievement Award, the Publications Award and the Curriculum and
Instruction Award from Santa Ana College; The Santa Ana Chamber
of Commerce Teacher of the Year Award, NISOD Award, The Orange County
Teacher of the Year Finalist Award, and The Community College League
of California Vision Award.
Bonita teaches language and culture. She is also chair of the Curriculum
and Instruction Council, the Secretary/Treasurer of the Academic
Senate and the Co-Chair of the Accreditation Committee. She is well
known at the college for singing concerts celebrating diverse themes
as well as end-of-the-year celebrations.
has lectured and concertized throughout the United States and abroad.
She has appeared on television and radio programs, has sung under
the batons of George Cleve and Karel Husa, and has been a featured
soloist with the Oratorio Society of New York, the Bronx Opera,
The Long Beach Opera Guild, The Huntington Beach Library Concert
Series,The Orange County Philharmonic Society, The Barclay Theater,
UCLA, and Skirball Cultural Center.
has also appeared at many international arts organizations and academic
associations such as the American Sephardi Federation and the American
Association of Higher Education. Author and performance poet Lee
Mallory says of one of Bonita's international concerts, "A renowned
mezzo-soprano with great emotional impact and an authentic interpretation
of a myriad of themes."
her passionate performance combining all the aspects of her knowledge
of ancient cultures brought to life on her beautiful recordings.