Conducting Seminars

Dear Choral Conductor, details and specific dates will be provided as soon as possible in the days to come

Those who have attended Dr. Bonner’s seminars describe their experience as “challenging”, “inspirational”, “stretching”, “life-changing”, “a week of unbelievable growth.”  As conductors return to their schools and churches, they begin to develop a changed choir, which sounds better, sings with greater feeling and understanding, and demonstrates increased respect and appreciation for the conductor.

Dr. Judd Bonner, former Dean and Professor of Advanced Conducting and Master’s Conducting I and II at  California Baptist University School of Music and Conductor of the University Choir and Orchestra, will participate as a partner clinician at the June Seminar in Riverside.

Join the more than 800 conductors who have studied with Dr. Bonner, some of whom return year after year.  It is an intense week with 50 hours of video-taped, personalized conducting instruction, a class size which is limited to 22, and introduction to 50 of the year’s best new choral selections.

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Hear the voices of those who have participated in the Conducting Seminars:

“Judd, my wife and I thought this year’s event was without question the finest experience we have had at Music Quest, or anywhere else for that matter, in the 14 years we’ve been coming.  We came to that conclusion because of the wonderful relationship it appears you and your dad have formed in the context of this event. This year far exceeded our greatest expectations.  Here we had two experts in what we all came to hear and learn about.  The meaningful and often humorous back-and-forth discussions between the two of you and with us, the similar and differing viewpoints about the things that matter most to us in developing our choirs, were priceless.”  Joe Hartley, Choir Director, Seacoast Grace Church, Cerritos, CA

“As a seminar student of Dr. Bonner’s choral conducting seminars over the  last 10 years, I have experienced an educational process that continues to
refine and invigorate my approach to choral music, relationships with
instrumental and vocal musicians, and church music ministry. Incidentally,
with the opportunity to collaborate with other conductors from across the
country, each seminar also delivers a forum in which new and relevant
understandings of today’s choirs are revealed as current experiences are
shared. Moreover, Dr. Bonner has an innate ability to work with and train
conductors at all levels of experience, providing conductors a platform that
is personalized, thereby enabling conductors with the knowledge and skill
set to propel their choral conducting career beyond the imaginable. Whether
you’re leading a school choir of any academic level, community chorus or a
church choir of any size – from small group praise teams to several hundred
singers, Dr. Bonner’s choral conducting seminar is scaled such that you’re
enhanced with the tools necessary to progress in the music-making process.
Each seminar is filled with indescribable energy that is dynamic and
Steven Kirkpatrick, Founder and Conductor of Central Texas Master Singers, Belton, Texas, and Director of Music at Grace United Methodist Church, Copperas Cove, Texas
“Dr. Bonner’s conducting seminars have been instrumental in not only my growth as a conductor of college students, but in the development of my own leadership style.  Every seminar has come with valuable lessons that I have been able to apply in areas of relationship building, leadership, entrepreneurship & growth, and recruiting strategies.”   
Tom Ruscica, Division Chair, Music & Creative Arts; Music Department Chair; William Jessup University, Rocklin, CA
“I have attended Doctor Bonner’s conducting seminars for the past 25 years, and I highly recommend these seminars to any choir director.  Each time I attend I learn (or re-learn) aspects of conducting that have benefited the choir I direct.  The seminars are challenging but always rewarding. Doctor Bonner has a unique ability to help conductors become aware of problem areas and make improvements.  He has a genuine heart for people and wants each director to be successful and effective.   Many of the songs that my choir performs are those that we sang and directed during the conducting seminars.  The seminars have been a source of encouragement and personal growth because many of the aspects of effective choral conducting have applications that relate to effective living.  Attending these seminars has been an important source of spiritual growth for me personally.  Another benefit from the conducting seminars is the relationships that I’ve developed with other seminar attendees.   I always look forward to attending the seminars to grow and learn as a conductor, to learn wonderful songs, and renew old friendships and make new ones.  Other results of the conducting seminars: 1)    After attending many of the conducting seminars, audiences consistently comment on the good diction of my choir;  2) My choir members have become stronger sight-readers; 3) I’ve obtained ideas to improve the pace and format of rehearsals; 4) The seminars are a wonderful source of new anthems; 5) Doctor Bonner discusses practical ideas to help accompanists improvise and improve.”   
Bruce Cochran, Director, East Valley Chorale, Mesa, AZ


For further information regarding the Seminars in Conducting please contact:


817 Kilnaleck Lane

Glendora, CA 91741


[email protected]

Conducting Seminar Registration

Registration Fee: $595 –


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