The Gary Bonner Singers

The Gary Bonner Singers, although 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 18 recordings, including three of which were produced and distributed by Word Music, three commissioned albums, five Christmas albums, and a sacred classics collection recorded in Prague with the City of Prague Philharmonic orchestra.

They have been honored to perform at the White House Holiday Open House both in December 2006 and December 2008, chosen from over 10,000 applicants.  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, and 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,  He is currently Dean of the School of Music at California Baptist University and founder of The Bonner Institute for the Advancement of Choral Music.  During his 23 years at Azusa Pacific University, he served as 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.  He has trained over 700 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 October 1995. 

In April 2006 Dr Bonner 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 52 years and have three children and six grandchildren.

The Singers 2011-2012 performance schedule includes:
 

Saturday
September 17, 2011
5:30 p.m.
Escondido SDA Church
1305 Deodar Rd.
Escondido 92046
760-668-1330
Free will offering
Sunday
September 25, 2011
4 p.m.

Desert Springs Church
43435 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, 92260
760-568-3643
Free will offering
Saturday
October 8, 2011
11 a.m.
Garden Grove SDA
12702 9th St.
Garden Grove 92840
Free will offering
Sunday
October 9, 2011
6 p.m.

Torrance First Baptist Church
2118 West Carson
Torrance, CA 90501-3222
310-328-5030
Free will offering
Sunday
October 30, 2011
6 p.m.
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Christ Community Church
25382 Mackenzie St.
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
949-586-6850
Free will offering
Sunday
November 20, 2011
5 p.m.

Westminster Presbyterian Church
7701 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683
714-893-1393
Free will offering
Friday
December 2, 2100
CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Rose Drive Friends Church
4221 Rose Drive
Yorba Linda, CA 92886-1696
Annual Christmas Concert
Ticketed $20
626-318-9693
Saturday
December 3, 2011
6:00 p.m.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Highlander Auditorium
850 North San Antonio Ave.
Upland, CA 91786
 
Annual Christmas Concert
Ticketed $20
626-318-9693

Sunday
Dec. 4, 2011
4 p.m.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Crossline Community Church
23331 Moulton Parkway
Laguna Hills 92653
Annual Christmas Concert
Ticketed $20
626-318-9693
Sunday
January 15, 2012
6 p.m.

Covenant Presbyterian Church
1855 Orange-Olive Rd.
Orange, CA 92865
714-998-6650
Free will offering
Saturday
February 5, 2012
TBA
Free will offering
Saturday
February 11, 2012
6 p.m.
Tierrasanta SDA Church
11260 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego 92124
Free will offering
Sunday
March 25, 2012

TBA
Free will offering
Sunday
April 15, 2012
6 p.m.
Ontario Church of the Nazarene
1311 W. 5th St.
Ontario, 91672
909-986-6776
Free will offering
Sunday
April 29, 2012
5 p.m.
New Apostolic Church
814 E. Claremont
Pasadena, CA 91104
626-285-6555
Free will offering

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