February 10, 2011
The George Mason University Libraries has announced the establishment of the Dr. Sam di Bonaventura Collection Endowment for the University Libraries.
Known simply as “Dr. Sam,” di Bonaventura taught music history, music theory and private violin lessons at Mason from 1975 until the spring of 1998, when he retired.
Di Bonaventura was a professional violinist and composed a number of original works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, vocal and choral media. He studied music at Juilliard, Yale, Harvard and the Peabody Conservatory. He also studied composition with musical giants such as Robert Ward, Vincent Persichetti, Paul Hindemith, Walter Piston and Benjamin Lees.