On Sunday September 22 at 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church of Escondido (341 S. Kalmia St.) will host a 90-minute concert of traditional and contemporary Christian choral music by the Gary Bonner Singers, under the direction of Dr. Gary Bonner. This performance is offered as a gift to the community. A free will offering will be accepted.
Founded in 1995, the Gary Bonner Singers have distinguished themselves as a choral ensemble of musical excellence and versatility; contagious sparkling performance; and warm, vibrant choral tone. Audiences respond enthusiastically to the 60-voice ensemble’s full range of choral music and unique style that emphasizes communication and relationship with the audience.
The Singers have completed 21 recordings, 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. The ensemble has been honored to perform at the White House Holiday Open House in 2006, 2008, and 2011. In June 2019 the group completed a performance tour in England. The choir maintains a busy performance schedule throughout Southern California.
Dr. Gary Bonner, the ensemble’s founder and director, is an internationally recognized conductor and trainer of conductors. Dr. Bonner was Founding Dean of the School of Music at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. During his ten-year tenure at CBU, he led the School of Music through an unprecedented period of growth in students, faculty, programs , and outreach. Prior to that, Dr. Bonner was at Azusa Pacific University for 23 years, serving as Dean of the School of Music and director of the University Choir and Orchestra.