Joined as Substitute Member in 2016
Vermont native Nick Bonaccio joined the Madison Symphony Orchestra in September of 2015 at the age of 23, while pursuing a master’s degree in percussion performance at DePaul University in Chicago.
He has performed with the Madison Opera, Milwaukee Symphony, Rockford Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Broadway Across America, and the Clocks in Motion percussion quartet. During his first season with the MSO Nick was also an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
In addition to performance, Nick is also passionate about vintage percussion instrument restoration, having worked for two of the most well-known names in the industry, Fall Creek Marimbas and Century Mallet Instrument Service, where he helped bring antique mallet instruments from a state of disrepair to concert-hall quality for clients worldwide. Nick completely restored his personal 1920’s Deagan 870 xylophone from the golden age of vaudeville novelty music.
When he isn’t performing in the percussion section of the MSO, you can find him directing the handbell choir at Bethany United Methodist Church, practicing or teaching private lessons in his percussion studio on Park Street, or riding his Fuji Absolute 1.9 around town in search of Madison’s tastiest cup of coffee.
An alumnus of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, his principal teachers have included Marc Damoulakis, Eric Millstein, David Herbert, Michael Burritt, Charles Ross, and Jeremy Levine.