Music Quest

Announcing the
Twenty-third Annual
Music Quest Conference
January 26 – 27, 2017
9:00 am to 5:00 pm


Register Here

Special Feature

Enjoy the Cal Baptist University Choir and Orchestra
directed by Dr. Judd Bonner,
Professor,  School of Music. 
This session will include performance of and introduction to 20 carefully
selected choral pieces
along with interpretation possibilities
and conducting techniques.
8432 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, CA 92504-3206



  • Choice of repertoire – 70+ carefully chosen selections of Dr. Gary Bonner and Dr. Judd Bonner
  • Interpretation possibilities
  • Conducting techniques
  • Where can you find an average of 20 “must do” anthems and another 10 – 15 other possibles?
  • Music Quest with Dr. Gary Bonner.
  • Where can you find conducting technique and ideas in the midst of finding new music?
  • Music Quest with Dr. Gary Bonner.
  • Where can you be inspired to new heights in your own ministry by “one liners” and teaching moments?
  • Music Quest with Dr. Gary Bonner.
  • Where can you be moved musically and spiritually by communication between conductor, choir and orchestra?
  • Music Quest with Dr. Gary Bonner 
  • Don’t miss it even if you could. Michael J. Manley, Minister of Music and Worship, First Baptist Church of Rockwall, Texas

I am amazed every time I hear Dr. Judd Bonner’s choir and orchestra at Cal Baptist. In their incredible sound, I hear a unified desire to create something special with each and every song. That kind of unity only comes under the direction of a great leader. The end result is one of the best collegiate groups I have ever heard.  Cliff Duren, Composer, Arranger, Worship Leader

I’ve never seen anything like it – the energy, the vitality, the focus, the attitude – the unique Bonner approach to choral music – it is a phenomenon! Building on the ten-year CBU tenure of his father, Gary Bonner, Dr. Judd Bonner has taken the University Choir and Orchestra to yet a new level of effectiveness, recruiting the finest talent from across the country and beyond, and molding them together into a vibrant and contagiously joyous ensemble. After a concert you hear everyone saying, “How does he do that?” OD. Hall, Director of MUSICalifornia and Retired Minister of Music

Music Quest is my annual choice for choral music.  I deeply appreciate Dr. Bonner’s careful search to present a variety of musical styles to choose from, and that he brings his uniquely creative and joyous artistry to the reading sessions.  His joy emanates not just through his sense of humor, but through the engaging presence of spiritual confidence that marks him as one of God’s special instruments. Peter Beers, Worship Pastor
, Grace Baptist Church, Santa Clarita, CA

Dr. Bonner, thanks for all you did at the conference last week. I learned a lot from you. I have been to dozens of conferences over the years. I always learned something. Your conference was different. Sure, we looked at a lot of music, but what took place between songs was what made yours so unique. I may have learned more from you in 2 days than all of the other conferences that I have ever been to. I have a new zeal for what I do. I have been here at Macedonia for almost 32 years. Your conference refreshed me and encouraged me. Sometimes I come back from a conference discouraged because of the “wow” factor I have seen from the mega-churches. I came away feeling like I have a better grasp on some things I can do better here. I hope I can work it out to take your conducting seminar some day.  Bob White, Music/Worship Leader
, Macedonia Baptist Church, Longview, TX

Wow! What an exhilarating experience!  My time spent at Music Quest was a re-awakening of my spirit and love for God.  The best selection of inspirational music to be found anywhere.  Doc Bonner’s dedication to teach and share his remarkable gift helps me strive to be a better director.” Julie Burns, Director of Music
, First United Methodist Church, Arroyo Grande, CA

More than just a choral reading session, under the masterful direction of Dr. Gary Bonner, Music Quest will enlighten you on your journey to find quality music. Not only will you read through almost 100 pieces, you become the choir and Doc conducts every selection as if it were a concert, which by the way, is how he lives out his musical life everyday. The wealth of new material is truly astounding and songs you may have put aside will find a place in your repertoire as you discover new meaning and life in the music. The concepts he shares and passion for music go far beyond words, notes and rhythm, Doc expresses life concepts that help us who attend find nuggets of truth that we are able to share with our people to impact their lives in positive ways. I highly recommend everyone in the choral music world attend, whether a minister of music, university or college director or high school choral director. Tweet and facebook your friends, this is the choral reading seminar you must attend! Randy Sapp, Choir Director, 
Valley Baptist Church, 4800 Fruitvale Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93308

Dr. Bonner’s Music Quest is a powerful learning experience for anyone who is involved in choral music. Dr. Bonner is truly an inspiration. He is passionate not only about music and people but making music enjoyable for all.  Yuen Yee Chu, Music Minister, 
First Chinese Baptist Church of Los Angeles, C

Registration Form

Early Bird Conference fee by December 18, 2016 $165 (includes the CBU packet)
Conference Fee after December 18, 2016: $185 (does not include the CBU packet)

Please register by clicking Register Here.   You may pay by mailing a check (made out to Bonner Music/Music Quest) to the address below, by PalPal/credit card at the completion of the registration process, or by calling 626-852-9105 and providing your credit card information.  If you mail a check or call in your payment information, please also print and mail the registration form.  Thank you.

817 Kilnaleck Lane
Glendora, CA 91741-2245

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