Music Quest

Dear Choral Conductor, the Bonner Institute and Bonner Music will transition back to offering the Conducting Seminar and Music Quest on June 7 through 11, 2021 or on June 21 through 25 (public health conditions allowing and the Lord willing).  The Conducting Seminar component will be offered on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; and the Music Quest segment will be held on Thursday and Friday. The events may be taken separately or as one combined event.  Details and specific dates will be provided as soon as possible in the days to come.


Announcing the
Twenty-sixth Annual
Music Quest Conference
January 23 & 24, 2020
9:30 am to 5:00 pm



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



  • Choice of repertoire – 70+ carefully chosen selections of                        Dr. Gary Bonner and Dr. Judd Bonner
  • Interpretation possibilities
  • Conducting techniques
This was the finest experience we have had at Music Quest, or anywhere else, in the 14 years we have been coming. Although we found 12 songs for our choir plus 5 more for a small elite group, we decided it was the best because of the wonderful relationship between Dr. Gary Bonner and his son Dr. Judd Bonner, two experts in what we all came to hear and learn about. The meaningful, and often humorous, back-and-forth discussions between them and with us, as well as the similar and differing viewpoints about the things that matter most to us in developing our choirs, were priceless. Please continue with this superbly rich format in the future.   Joe Hartley, Choir Director, Sea Coast Grace Church, Cerritos, CA

Over the past ten years I have come to realize that Music Quest is without doubt my finest annual source of great new and old ministry choral repertoire.”Doc” always presents a varied feast of anthems that will (1) meet and challenge my choirs’ musicianship, (2) encourage and motivate my singers in their walk and relationship with God, and (3) be engaging to the worshipper in the pew.  The entire event is liberally blanketed with rich ministry and life lessons (conducting, relationships, mentoring etc.) to say nothing of the supportive friendships that are established and renewed each year with fellow church music leaders from across the country.  Rob Gowing, Minister of Music & Worship, Antrim BIC Church, 24 Kauffman Rd East, Chambersburg, PA 17202

  • 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

Fellowship, worship, incredible singing, great choral literature, thought-provoking conversation and learning are just a few words to describe the two-day choral workshop called “Music Quest” with Dr. Gary Bonner.  As a high school choir director these two days help me “refocus” my calling and passion in working with students.  I leave the workshop with new choices of music that will help me plan my next year’s choral repertoire. Mike Warner, Christian High School, El Cajon, CA

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 took 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, Former Owner/Director of MUSICalifornia and Retired Minister of Music

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, CA

Registration Form

Conference Fee: $185 

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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