Dr. Paul Gregory Bonneau
September 13, 1962 – March 31, 2013
Dr. Paul Bonneau was Music Director for the Flower Mound Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 2013. With Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Music degrees in composition from the University of North Texas, he enjoyed a career conducting, composing, and teaching. He began conducting in the late 1980’s with the production of his original works for concert hall and modern dance.
Dr. Bonneau supervised the FMCO’s growth to include the Symphony Orchestra and the founding of its two educational orchestras: the FM Preparatory Orchestra (founded in 1997) and the FM Progressive Orchestra (founded in 2001), unique ensembles in that they include older children, teens and adults. This creative environment allows multi-generational families to participate together in ensembles.
Dr. Bonneau’s compositions include works for film, television, dance, orchestra and all manner of acoustic ensembles and solos. They have been performed throughout eastern and central Europe, England, Canada, and the United States, including Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School.
His works that have been performed by the FMSO are:
- Motet for Orchestra (1996)
- Amy Music, Three Reflections for Orchestra (1996)
- Cats N Dogs, A True Story (1997)
- What’s the Hurry, Mr. Murray? (1998)
- Latin Mass for Choir, Orchestra, Soprano and Mezzo-Soprano Soloists (2002)
- Concertino for Orchestra (2003)
- American Dream: I Want to Rule the World (2006)
- Red Shift Effect: The Expanding Universe and Class Reunions (2008)
Commissions awarded to Dr. Bonneau include:
- Red Shift Effect: the Expanding Universe and Class Reunions. Commissioned by Paul Stuart, Music Director for the Equinox Symphony Orchestra (Rochester, NY). Premiered with the composer conducting, April 2007.
- Sympathy for Dying Friend (for string orchestra). Commissioned by Sheldon Bair, Music Director for the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra (Maryland). Performed June 2006 and May 2007.
- American Dream: I Want to Rule the World (for violin and orchestra). Commissioned in part by violinist Lewis Wong and The Greater Rochester Concert Outreach (New York). Premiered by Mr. Wong and the FMSO, March 2006.
- Global Warming, or, I Want to Drive a Hummer and Do My Best to Ruin the Environment, a Rant for Unaccompanied Violin. Commissioned and performed by Lewis Wong. Premiered at Carnegie Hall, October 2005.
- Fan Mail for the Common Man, Two Fanfares for Brass Quintet. Commissioned by Dan Cook and the brass quintet Pistons, Rotors and Slides. Premiered in Flower Mound, November 2004.
Concerto for Two Horns and Orchestra. Commissioned by horn virtuosi Amy Stokes and Nancy Jarrett. (Performance TBD).
- Concerto for Piano, Saxophones and Orchestra for pianist and saxophonist Michael and Christy Springer. (Performance TBD).
Dr. Bonneau was the founder and Music Director for the Chancel Orchestra of Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church in Flower Mound from 1999-2010. His orchestral arrangements of hymns and anthems were performed weekly with the Chancel Choir.
In addition to teaching private piano lessons, Dr. Bonneau held teaching positions at North Lake College, Richland College, The University of North Texas, and Tarleton State University. He taught courses in Music Composition, Orchestration, Instrumentation, Music Theory, Musicianship, Music Appreciation and String Orchestra.
Dr. Bonneau enjoyed reading, visiting with friends, practicing yoga and rock climbing. He was a talented director and composer, an incredible musician, a colleague and a friend to the members and board of the FMCO. He was the soul and creative energy behind FMCO, and he will be dearly missed.