The Gary Bonner Singers

 

The Gary Bonner Singers

 The Gary Bonner Singers, launched in October 1995,  have distinguished themselves as a choral ensemble of musical excellence and versatility; contagious, sparkling performance; and warm, vibrant choral tone.  They have completed 21 recordings, including three of which were produced and distributed by Word Music, four commissioned albums, five Christmas albums, a spirituals collection in Spain, and a sacred classics collection recorded in Prague with the City of Prague Philharmonic orchestra. Their most recent recording, Legacy Christmas in Concert, is a live recording of the December 8, 2013 Christmas concert. They also completed a video recording of that same concert. Both of these are available for sale at CDbaby.com.

The Singers have been honored to perform at the White House Holiday Open House in December 2006, December 2008, and December 2011, chosen from a large number of applicants from across the United States.  They were also the featured choir in the 1996 Salvation Army “Army of Stars” Christmas Eve radio program with narrator Jack Lemmon and guest artist Steven Curtis Chapman. They have performed at the Crystal Cathedral, Church on the Way, Knotts Berry Farm’s “New Year’s Eve Praise 2000″, in numerous Community Concert Series, including Inland Empire, Long Beach, Fullerton, Bakersfield, and Glendale, as well as with the Capistrano Valley Symphony.Ranging in age from 18 to 60, the singers represent a wide diversity of backgrounds and occupations. Audiences respond enthusiastically to the 60-voice ensemble’s full range of choral music and unique style which emphasizes communication and relationship with the audience.

Dr. Gary Bonner, has what is described as an “intangible magic” when it comes to creating choral music, a sound and experience that is related to the connection between the conductor, performers, and audience, creating an elusive, yet identifiable, quality which makes a performance come alive.Dr. Bonner is an internationally recognized conductor and trainer of conductors.In May 2012, he retired as Founding Dean of the School of Music at California Baptist University in Riverside, California after leading the new School of Music through unprecedented growth in students, faculty, programs, and outreach and directing the 140-member University Choir and Orchestra.   During his ten-year tenure at CBU, the UCO completed 16 CDs and two DVDs. In announcing Dr. Bonner’s retirement, President Ron Ellis said, “He helped the CBU music program gain a national reputation for excellence through hundreds of brilliant performances annually”.

During his 23 years at Azusa Pacific University, he served as founding Dean of the School of Music and director of the University Choir and Orchestra.  Under his direction the APU choir performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Disney Symphonic Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl and performed and recorded with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.  Two of their Christmas programs were televised by K-NBC and nominated for Emmy awards.  Dr. Bonner completed more than 40 recordings with the University Choir during his 15 years as their director.  One of these recordings was the Dove-Award-winning musical “Exaltation”.In 1989 Dr. Bonner was the first American to conduct at the International Church Music Festival in Oberammergau, Germany, sharing the podium with Sir David Willcocks of Great Britain.  From 1991 through 1994 he conducted the 2,000 voices and orchestra of the Disneyland Christmas Candlelight Procession.

Dr. Bonner is founder of The Bonner Institute for the Advancement of Choral Music. He has trained over 800 conductors in his conducting workshops and touched the lives of thousands of church and school musicians through his choral workshops.  Out of his love for the grand tradition of choral music, he formed the Gary Bonner Singers.In April 2006 he received MusiCalifornia’s Ray Devries Church Music Ministry Award  which recognized his lifetime contribution to choral music both throughout the United States and internationally. The Board of Trustees of California Baptist University awarded him the Outstanding Professor Award in May 2010.He and his wife, Dr. Patricia Bonner, have been married for 57 years and have three children and six grandchildren.

The Singers 2017-2018 (incomplete) performance schedule includes:

Saturday
October 28, 2017
11 a.m.
TBA
Free Will Offering
Sunday
October 29, 2017
6 pm
Covenant Presbyterian Church 
1855 Orange-Olive Rd. 
Orange 92865
Free Will Offering


Free Will Offering
Sunday
Nov. 5, 2017
6 pm
Torrance First Baptist Church
2118 West Carson
Torrance 90501-3222
Free Will Offering
Sunday
Nov. 12, 2017

TBA
Free Will Offering
Sunday
Nov. 19, 2017
4 pm
Palm Desert Community Presbyterian 
47321 Highway 74 
Palm Desert 92260
Free Will Offering
Friday
Dec.8,2017
6 pm
Christmas Concert 
Covenant Presbyterian Church 
1855 Orange-Olive Rd. 
Orange 92865
Annual Christmas Concert 
Ticketed $20 
909-702-2442
Saturday 
Dec. 9, 2017 
6 pm
Christmas Concert 
Grace Church 
1515 S. Glendora Ave. 
Glendora 91740
Annual Christmas Concert 
Ticketed $20 
909-702-2442
Sunday 
Dec. 10
4:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Christmas Concert
Salvation Army Tabernacle
10200 Pioneer Road 
Tustin Ranch, CA 92782
Annual Christmas Concert 
Ticketed $20 
909-702-2442
Saturday 
Jan. 14, 2018
TBA
Free Will Offering
Sunday
Jan. 28,2018
TBA
Free Will Offering
Sunday
Feb. 11, 2108
TBA
Free Will Offering
Saturday
Feb. 24
11 am
Escondido SDA Church
Escondido
Free Will Offering
Sunday
March 11
6 pm
First Baptist Church
101 S. Atlantic Blvd.
Alhambra 91801
Free Will Offering
Sunday
March 18, 2018
TBA
Free Will Offering
Sunday
April 15, 2018
TBA
Free Will Offering
Saturday 
April 21, 2018 
6 pm
Christ Lutheran Church 
820 W. Imperial Hwy. 
Brea 92821
Free Will Offering
Saturday
April 29, 2018
Village Christian Church
Burbank
Free Will Offering
Sunday
May 6, 2018 
5 pm
New Apostolic Church 
814 E. Claremont 
Pasadena 91104
Free Will Offering


Free Will Offering







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