Merit School of Music

Bonnie-Heather Campbell

Ensemble Director: Clarinet Ensemble; Faculty: Clarinet; Conservatory: Clarinet Technique Class


Indiana University, DM, Clarinet Performance and Music Literature
Yale University, MM
Roberts Wesleyan College, BA, Music


For Dr. Bonnie-Heather Campbell, music is the language of the spirit, with the ability communicate that which is beyond words. As an instructor, she believes “music educators have the high honor and responsibility of teaching and speaking this invaluable language to future generations.”

To prepare for this responsibility, Dr. Campbell earned a Doctor in Music in music literature and clarinet performance from Indiana University, where her work was nominated for the Dean’s Prize for doctoral scholarship. She also holds a Master of Music in clarinet performance from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts in music from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York.

At Merit, Dr. Campbell teaches clarinet technique and directs the clarinet ensemble for the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory, and conducts private lessons. She also teaches clarinet and serves as Director of Applied Studies at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago.

An accomplished performer, Dr. Campbell has been a guest recitalist at numerous colleges and universities, and at festivals in the U.S. and abroad. Her orchestral experience includes performing at the opening ceremonies of the Bastille Opera House in Paris. She has played with a number of large ensembles, including the South Bend Symphony, the Lake Forest Symphony, and the Bloomington Camerata Orchestra.

Locally, Dr. Campbell performs frequently at Chicago’s Cultural Center and has been heard on WFMT’s Live from Studio One and on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series. She is a founding member of the Daedalus Duo and Vermillion chamber group.