Dr. Kathleen Bondurant received her Bachelor of Science degree in political science and flute, graduating from the Ball State University honors college at age 20. She earned her masters degree and Ph.D in flute from New York University where she was the youngest woman to receive a Ph.D from the School of Arts and Sciences. A university professor for 12 years, she has been a faculty member of the University of New Haven where she taught flute, piano and economics in addition to teaching flute, music history and music theory at Southern Connecticut State University and South Central Community College. Dr. Bondurant was also foreign faculty at the College of the Bahamas in Nassau, New Providence, where she taught concert band, flute, clarinet, guitar, Music History, vocal techinques and World Music.
Dr. Bondurant studied piano with renowned jazz pianist, Ray Santisi, at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and with international performer and accompanist, Phillip Moll. Also a student of world-famous flutists James Galway, Julius Baker and Jean-Pierre Rampal, Dr. Bondurant has been teaching music since 1974, in addition to performing professionally throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
Her students have won young artist competitions, concerto and talent competitions (including Miss Connecticut), and scholarships to Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory and Berklee College of Music in Boston. She has the honor of being known as one of the best flute teachers in the country (James walker, Principal flutist, Los Angeles Philharmonic; Julius Baker, Principal flutist, New York Philharmonic; and Dr. Philip Swanson, Dean, College of Music, Northern Arizona State University).
Formerly music instructor for the Austin School of Music, Dr. Bondurant teaches and performs regularly in the Austin area with The Classic Touch Trio. Currently, Dr. Bondurant is online faculty at West Los Angeles College and Lake Tahoe Community College.
From 1989-1995, she was the music director for the department of parks and recreation in the town of Wallingford, CT; developing a national award-winning community music program for students age 5-90. This program included classes in piano, guitar, voice, woodwinds, brass, music appreciation, creative arts for children, youth orchestra, community band, and being a conductor of a 21-piece swing band.
Working closely with the Connecticut Assoc. For Gifted Children, she has given lectures and a series of television programs on nurturing creativity.
Dr. Bondurant is the creator of DinoKids (TM). DinoKids is a multi-cultural and educational cartoon vehicle. The characters are a fun mixture of fact and fantasy who have families, pets, play sports, sing songs, have hobbies, and take music lessons. They face real life situations. DinoKids is designed to provide children with positive role models and solutions for everyday problems.
With over 75 copyrighted songs in the blues, pop, country, rock, Christmas and children's genres, she was awarded first prize in the Austin Songwriter's Competition for The Happy Song, and first in the Songwriter's Monthly future charters contest for Come To Me. I'm A Winner! was chosen to be featured at the 1995 World Special Olympics, and My Heart Had Fought The Battle received honorable mention in the Nashville Country Music City News contest. Up All Night! has won the Austin Songwriter's Group Take-Five contest. She received a commendation from President Clinton for A Fight For Love, a song about homeless children, and her song A Donkey Named Banjo was signed to Big Wedge Music Publishing in Nashville.
Dr. Bondurant is listed in theWorld Who's Who of Women; Foremost Women of the Twentieth Century; The International Who's Who in Music; Who's Who of Women Executives; and The American Who's Who in Music. She is a lifetime member of the National Flute Association.