Brian Bondari

Brian Bondari was born in Mason City, Iowa in 1979. He holds both a DMA and a M.Mus in Composition from The University of Kansas, as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Music Composition from Valdosta State University. His private instructors have included Mary Ellen Childs, Tayloe Harding, Kip Haaheim, and James Barnes. He is an Associate Professor of Music at Trinity University, where he teaches Music Theory, Composition, and Electronic Music.

As a composer, Brian has written for orchestra, chorus, wind ensemble, chamber and percussion ensembles, theatre, and the electronic medium. He’s had works performed across the US, Europe, and Asia, and has thrice served as a guest composer at the Oiniades Theatre Festival in Greece. His recent works include Symphony No. 2 – Trinity, which was premiered in 2019 by the Trinity Symphony Orchestra to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of Trinity University. Other works include a piece for flute and piano, which was premiered in Carnegie Hall and followed by numerous performances in Italy.

Brian is a member of ASCAP, College Music Society, and Society of Composers, Inc, and is the current president of the Composers Alliance of San Antonio (CASA).


  • In art, "chiaroscuro" refers to strong contrasts between light and dark, typically affecting the whole composition. My piece, created using Propellerhead Reason, explores this contrast of lightness and darkness, mainly manifest as a light within the darkness.

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