Music Director and percussionist Nick Bonaccio joined the Madison Symphony Orchestra in September of 2015 at the age of 23, while pursuing a master’s degree 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.
Nick is the Director of Handbell Ensembles at Bethany United Methodist Church in Madison, where he directs the talented ringers of the Bethany Carillons and Bethany Children’s Bells. In January of 2017, he was appointed Music Director of the Madison Area Concert Handbells, just in time to celebrate its 20th Anniversary season.
Passionate about vintage percussion instrument restoration, Nick has 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.
In addition to restoration projects, Nick produces a variety of percussion instruments and mallets of his own design used by musicians as far away as Amman, Jordan. His bronze symphonic triangles have been tested by members of the Cleveland Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic; and are featured in Drew Worden’s triangle sextet “Escape.” As a composer, his piece Variations on a Balkan Rhythm has sold copies throughout the United States and Europe, and has been recorded by Chicago percussion soloist Peter Ferry.