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, Former Dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Studies and Professor Emeritus at Azusa Pacific University, have been married for 60 years and have three children and six grandchildren.

The Singers’ 2019-2020 Schedule

Sunday
September 22, 2020
4 pm

First United Methodist Church
341 S. Kalmia
Escondido, CA 92025

Free Will
Offering

Sunday October 20,
2019            6 pm

Christ First Baptist Church                         200 N. 2nd Ave., Covina, 91723

Free Will
Offering

Sunday October 27, 2019            4 pm

Mount of Olives Lutheran Church
24772 Chrisanta Dr.
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Free Will
Offering

Sunday November 3, 2019
4 pm

St. John’s Lutheran Church
185 S.Center St.
Orange, CA 92866

Free Will Offering

Sunday November 10, 2019
4 pm

 

Sunday
November 17, 2019
5 pm

Desert Springs Church
43435 Monterey Avenue                      Palm Desert CA 92260

 

Placentia Presbyterian Church
849 N. Bradford Ave.
Placentia, Ca 92870

Free Will Offering

 

 

Free Will
Offering

Friday December 6, 2019 7:30 pm

Christmas Concert Orange Covenant Presbyterian Church      1855 Orange-Olive Road                       Orange, CA 92865

Annual Christmas Concert Ticketed $20        909-702-2442

Saturday Dec.7, 2019           6 pm

Christmas Concert Grace Church             1515 S. Glendora Ave. Glendora CA 91740

Annual Christmas Concert Ticketed $20         909-702-2442

 

Sunday December 8, 2019       4 pm

Christmas Concert Salvation Army Auditorium            10200 Pioneer Road Tustin Ranch CA 92782

Annual Christmas Concert Ticketed $20       909-702-2442

 

Sunday December 15, 2019     5 pm

Assembly of God Church                      15260 Nisquali Road Victorville CA 92395

Ticketed
760-243-4343

 

Friday
December 20, 2019
7 pm

Christmas Concert
Community Concert Series
4th & Myrtlewood
Calimesa, CA

Ticketed
909-795-4960

 

Saturday
December 21, 2019
4 pm

Christmas Concert
Community Concert Series
4th & Myrtlewood Calimesa, CA

Ticketed
909-795-4960

 

Sunday
January 12, 2020

 

Concert, TBA

Free Will
Offering

 

Sunday
January 19, 2020
6 pm

Torrance First Baptist
2118 West Carson
Torrance CA 90501-3222

Free Will
Offering

 

Saturday
February 8, 2020
6 pm

Christ Lutheran Church
820 W. Imperial Hwy.
Brea, CA 92821

Free Will
Offering

 

Sunday
February 23, 2020

Concert TBA

Free Will
Offering

 

Sunday March 15
2020 

TBS

Free Will
Offering

 

Sunday
March 22, 2020

Concert, TBA

Free Will
Offering

 

Sunday
April 19, 2020

Concert, TBA

Free Will
Offering

 

Sunday
April 26, 2020
5 pm

New Apostolic Church
814 E. Claremont,
Pasadena, CA 91104

Free Will
Offering

 

Sunday, May 3, 2020, 6 pm

Trinity Lutheran Church,            5969 Brockton Ave., Riverside, 92506

Free Will Offering

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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