Anita Bonkowski

Anita Bonkowski
Sessional Lecturer
Theory, Film Music, Jazz Studies

Associate in Jazz Diploma (VIU), BMus, MMus (UVic)

Area of expertise

Theory, Film Music, Jazz Studies

Brief biography

Anita Bonkowski works both nationally and internationally as a drummer, bassist, composer and arranger. Since earning her graduate degree, she has played numerous festivals, clubs and shows across Canada, the US, Europe and the Caribbean. Besides playing locally with jazz, blues, R&B and show bands, she has backed musicians such as David Foster, The Moody Blues, Sarah McLauchlan, Kenny G, Josh Groban, Johnny Mathis, Englebert Humperdink, and The Canadian Tenors. In addition to having taught at VIU, Anita has been instructing at UVic since 1996, teaching a broad range of topics.

Creative activity

Anita is active as a performer and composer/arranger. Her compositions and arrangements are performed both live and on CBC, NPR and radio stations abroad. She is co-producer, composer and performer for self-produced CDs, as well as being commissioned to write for local and national ensembles. In addition to her own ensembles, she is an active free-lance musician, and has also been a jurist for FACTOR, and the BC Arts Council. Anita has performed across Canada numerous times, and has her 12th Western European tour booked for summer of 2019.


  • MUS 111: Elementary Materials of Music
  • MUS 101A/B: Language of Music I & IIMUS 115 (formerly) - Listening to Music
  • MUS 180-480: Jazz Orchestra
  • MUS 170A/B: Basic Musicianship
  • MUS 109: Great Film Music
  • MUS 325: The History of Jazz
  • MUS 350A/B: Orchestration
  • MUS 351: Jazz Arranging
  • MUS 391: Cross-Cultural & Historical Topics in Music
  • MUS 401D: Jazz Theory
  • MUS 555: Individual Tuition in Composition
  • Ed A591: Orchestration & Arranging

Select Topics in Jazz:
Louis Armstrong (formerly MUS 325A)
Jazz Singers (formerly MUS 326)   
Music of Duke Ellington (formerly MUS 326)


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