Choral Workshops

Rose-Dr.-04Dr. Bonner’s choral workshops focus on the development of skills and attitudes conducive to effective worship.  They typically include a Friday evening session, all day Saturday, with a worship concert on Saturday night. Singers report enhanced sight-reading, improved musical confidence, life-changing individual growth, and a better understanding of the choral unit in the church as well as the role of the conductor.

“For over 12 years, we have hosted the annual choral workshop with Dr. Bonner.  It is a highly anticipated weekend that draws hundreds of individuals from various churches and community groups across our city and province.  Dr. Bonner is a gifted conductor, leader, and man of God.  His understanding of choral music is immense, and each year we are challenged and inspired to raise high the banner for excellence in choral music. The workshop encourages singers of all ages to join together to learn new music; improve sight-reading skill and singing ability; and increase our understanding of worship. In addition, Dr. Bonner has a beautiful and rare gift to draw people into a deep appreciation and passion for music. The memories and relationships formed as a result of these weekends cannot be understated. It is exciting to see individuals connect to support and encourage one another as we strive to bring our best for God’s glory.”Jonathan Schorr, Centre Street Church, Calgary, AB Canada.  

“Dr. Bonner’s choral workshops have been an annual event for our choir every year since 2002, when we attended our first one.  Now, as hosts, we look forward to opening our facility to singers from all over the Midwest who want to be a part of the weekend.  Participants know that they will be challenged, encouraged and strengthened throughout our time with Doc.  We may enter the first rehearsal harried from our week, but before the first song is over, something begins to happen:  as we sing under Doc’s direction, everything else fades, and we begin to make music.  And more. Doc’s call to excellence spills over beyond music and into our daily walk.  By the final note of the concert on Saturday night, each of us has been refreshed and challenged.  We leave better than we came in.  In the 12 years that I have known Dr. Bonner, our church has experienced significant growth—much of which can be attributed to Doc’s influence on our worship.  The experience will open up doors you never even knew existed.  Thank you, Dr. Bonner!”  Liz Robinson, Choral Director, Church of the Nazarene, Kokomo, IN

“We have been hosting week end choral workshops with Dr. Gary Bonner for many years.  These experiences have become highly anticipated and meaningful in the choir year for some twenty churches and choral groups in the greater Seattle area.We have found tremendous benefits for both the directors and the singers. The directors have a great opportunity to network and share ideas, while the singers have opportunity to meet other singers and share great music in both workshop and concert format.The singers leave the event with a greater confidence in their sight-reading ability and have a much improved sense of how they can make a difference in the worship life of their local churches.Dr. Bonner’s insight into music choice, music interpretation, and facilitating singers to achieve at a high level is one of the highlights that you simply shouldn’t miss if you are looking to infuse joy, energy, and passion into your music program.If you or your people have not had the opportunity to share in a week end Choral Workshop with Dr. Gary Bonner, put it on your calendar and start making plans today.”  J. Bayard DuBois, Director, Breath of Aire, Seattle Washington

“Whether I travel to attend, or my home church is host, Dr. Bonner’s workshop is an eagerly anticipated annual tradition.  Dr. Pat Bonner’s readings/quotations of stories/scripture bring new and deeper insight to the music.  Every person involved in choral music should be attending Dr. Bonner’s workshops because the workshops are about more than the music.  They’re about fellowship and friendship; they’re about teaching, learning, sharing, caring, and connecting; they’re about loving and trusting and worship.  They feed and touch my soul.”  Nikki Macraild, Kelowna, B.C., workshop participant

Dr. Bonner’s approach to choral workshops is unparalleled and unsurpassed by any other. His inspiring methods are not only succinct and understandable, but immediately transferable and timeless.  Dr. Bonner’s unscientific but artistic style helps equip singers and musicians of all levels with the tools they need to move forward in their quest for a higher quality of musicianship in the Church – whether it’s singing, playing an instrument or conducting. His sense of humor, commitment to inspire excellence and to enrich lives in the music making process causes you to learn from the edge of your seat.  Singers report taking away a new realization of how to spin the voice to produce a better tone while simultaneously generating more power with less effort. Many also confirm achieving better sight reading ability and an increased confidence to attack the music with increased breath control. Dr. Bonner’s Choral Workshops are like a luxury – once experienced, they almost become a necessity.  – Steven Kirkpatrick, Conductor, Central Texas Master Singers, Belton, Texas.

For additional information on Choral Workshops,  contact 
817 Kilnaleck Lane
Glendora, CA, 91741

2016 – 2017


October 21 & 22, 2016 Highline Christian Church

14859 1st Avenue South

Burien, WA 98168

Dr. Bayard DuBois


February 3 & 4, 2017 Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene

150 W. Maestra St.

Meridian, ID 83642

Stephen List


February 10 & 11, 2017 Rockford Evangelical Free Church

2223 N. Mulford Rd.

Rockford IL 61107-2599

Renee Cooper



March 24 & 25, 2017 Southern California

Christ Lutheran Church

820 W. Imperial Highway

Brea, CA 92821

Jennifer Gaston


March 3 & 4, 2017 Memorial Baptist Church

6161 S. 5th St.

Temple, Texas 76502

Central Texas Master Singers

Steven Kirkpatrick



 2008 The Bonner Institute for the Advancement of Choral Music


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