HAWLEY - Rebecca Bonam, a prolific pianist and composer of sacred music, is slated to perform at First Baptist Church in Hawley, Sunday, June 11. She will appear at the 6:30 p.m. service.

An ice cream sundae social will follow, and admission is free. Pastor John May invites the public to attend.

Rebecca Bonam, a native of San Antonio, Texas, received her BA and MA degrees (’72 and ’74) from Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina.

In 2006, she moved to the Atlanta area and now resides in Lilburn, Georgia where she teaches at Berean Baptist Music Academy. She remains an active member of GCMTA, NFMC, MTNA, and NGPT. Her students have been successful in competitions and various auditions. She has been a clinician and adjudicator for many seminars, conventions, and festivals throughout the United States.

Besides general seminars for the academy dealing with practice techniques, composition, and performance anxiety, she has coordinated a number of  programs on various elements of music history. These topics include a seminar entitled “Can You Handel It?” dealing with the life of Handel along with a personal interview with the composer himself (!), a “Classic Composers Press Conference” covering the lives of four composers (Brahms, Clara Schumann, Chopin, and Liszt) and their roles in the famous “War of the Romantics,” and a delightful program entitled “Who’s Afraid of Peter and the Wolf?” focusing on the life and music of Prokofiev with special attention to the charming story of “Peter and the Wolf.”
A prolific composer and arranger, she has written many works for keyboard, flute, brass, and choral groups. Most of these solos and collections were published by SoundForth and available now through Lorenz. She has recorded two CDs – “How Firm a Foundation” and “Spirituals for the Concert Pianist.” Currently, she is involved in a collaborative effort of instructional materials on hymn improvisation called “The Church Pianist.” Five volumes have already been released. One of her most recent publications is a collection of late-intermediate level arrangements of American folksongs. She has also just had a collection of Christmas stylings entitled "Christmas Joy" published through the SoundForth division of Lorenz.

The First Baptist Church is located at 711 Church Street. The church office may be contacted at 570-226-4312.