Author: Jan Clayton

Holidays in the Hall

Holidays in the Hall

Holidays in the Hall is a lighthearted program filled with holiday favorites and a carol sing-along. Resounding Achord will be the primary choir singing at this event, but we are pleased to present a special guest ensemble, Chromatic Convergence, which offers a unique blend of contemporary a cappella and vocal jazz music. 

Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 3:00 pm
St. Francis Episcopal Church
1205 Pine Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125
Adults
$15 Presale
$20 At the Door
College Students
$10 Presale
$15 At the Door
High School Students & Younger
Always free!

This venue requires that all audience members show proof of vaccination at the door. Currently, this does not include children who aren’t yet eligible to receive the vaccine. Masks will be required for both singers and audience members. High-quality air filters with UV sanitization will be running throughout the concert for the safety of both the audience and the singers. The size of the audience will be limited to allow for social distancing.

The Gathering

The Gathering

Pariter is Latin for “equally” or “together.” In August, conductor Albee Mabeza recruited a fine group of tenors and basses from all over the Bay Area, including many singers from the Resounding Achord community, to join this new group.

The Gathering seemed to be an appropriate title for Pariter’s first concert, which will spotlight a variety of repertoire written for tenor-bass ensembles. Pariter’s gathering includes many different genres, from a Renaissance piece by Hans Leo Hassler, to an arrangement of “I Will Go Sailing No More” in the barbershop style from the beloved film Toy Story. They will even tell the story of a legendary Ghanian dance contest, where the fleshiest part of the chicken is the prize.

Date: October 23, 2021 at 3 pm
Location: St. Francis Episcopal Church (Willow Glen), 1205 Pine Ave, San José.
Cost of Admission: Free (a $10 donation would be greatly appreciated)

Together

Together

Together— A celebration of music composed by American minoritiesResounding Achord is proud to present a program that celebrates our return to in-person singing with music by minority composers of all kinds, including women, immigrants, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community. Each piece focuses on the pursuits of life that bring us all together. Selections include a new composition by Carlos Cordero, “¡Ayúdame! (Venezuelan Plea for Life),” Tesfa Wondemagegnehu’s beautiful “Love Is,” and the celebratory “On This Road” by Andrea Ramsey.

Together we breathe, we worship, we join, we understand. We persevere, we nurture, we hurt, we heal. We play, and we love. Together.

Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 7:30 pm
First Congregational Church
1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto
Adults
$15 Presale
$20 At the Door
College Students
$10 Presale
$15 At the Door
High School Students & Younger
Always free!
Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 3:00 pm
St. Francis Episcopal Church
1205 Pine Avenue, San Jose, CA
Adults
$15 Presale
$20 At the Door
College Students
$10 Presale
$15 At the Door
High School Students & Younger
Always free!

These venues require that all audience members show proof of vaccination at the door. Currently, this does not include children under age 12 who aren’t yet eligible to receive the vaccine. Masks will be required for both singers and audience members. High-quality air filters with UV sanitization will be running throughout the concert for the safety of both the audience and the singers. The size of the audience will be limited to allow for social distancing.

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Resounding Achord Productions is proud to present enRApture, a new ensemble joining our organization! enRApture is comprised of local music professionals and is conducted by Resounding Achord’s Assistant Conductor Andrew Hathaway. 

enRApture debuts on August 8th with their premiere concert, New Beginnings. This program features reflections on the past year of isolation and distancing, and celebrations of coming together once again. Highlights include:

  • Salve Regina by Carlos Cordero, an emotional plea for safety in times of trouble
  • The Elements of the Sun Broke Into Song by Melissa Dunphy, an exciting depiction of the inner workings of Heaven
  • Wipip!!! by Sydney Guillaume, a celebration of life and community

In compliance with RAP’s safety protocols, we will allow a limited number of in-person audience members at this concert. Please reserve tickets to ensure entrance into the venue. For those who would like to view the concert at home, we will also provide a livestream option on our Facebook page.

Click here to view the concert program.

Honor Choir Scholarship Program

Honor Choir Scholarship Program

The Program

Since September 2013, Resounding Achord has assisted high school students who are unable to afford the participation fee for the California Choral Director’s Association (CCDA) Honor Choirs. A number of our founders were involved in honor choirs when they were in school, and we recognized as an organization how impactful these programs can be for students.

In that first year, Resounding Achord Productions provided the $100 participation fee for 6 students. We have continued to expand this program over the years, and we are pleased to be able to offer 50 scholarships for the CCDA Coastal and Central Region Honor Choirs, and 10 scholarships for the CCDA All-State Honor Choir.

The Process

For the CCDA regional honor choirs, we require that each student-teacher pair fill out an application that provides justification for the need of the scholarship. The application deadline is usually mid-October—tied to the CCDA schedule.

Note: Details for the CCDA Regional Honor Choirs scholarship application process will be announced shortly.   

For more information about the scholarships, send an email to our Artistic Director. For more information about the honor choirs, please visit http://calcda.org/calendar-of-events/honor-choirs/.

History of the Program

Year# Regional Scholarships
Awarded
# State Scholarships
Awarded
Total Scholarship
Funds
2013-146$600
2014-1528$2,800
2015-16449$6,300
2016-176310$8,300
2017-184613$7,330
2018-194811$7,110
2019-205010$8,600
2020-21No programGeneral support for virtual program$5,000
Totals28753$46,240

Resounding Apart

Resounding Apart


In the world of COVID-19, we were unable to sing in-person out of respect for the safety of both our audiences and our singers. To remain connected, we producied virtual recordings of the choir. Because “virtual choir” didn’t appropriately describe what we have been doing, we have decided to call this series of virtual performances Resounding Apart. Please read about each piece, and click on the episode title to watch them on YouTube or visit our YouTube channel to see all of our virtual performance offerings.

Resounding Apart: Episode 1

Matthew Culloton’s arrangement of  How Can I Keep From Singing has been an important piece for us since we first performed it in the spring of 2018. Besides Matthew Culloton’s own choir, we are the only group to have access to this particular unaccompanied arrangement. We thought it would be the ideal first episode for Resounding Apart because it expressed how we have all been feeling since quarantine began. We may not be able to sing in person with the people we love, but we can share that same spirit virtually. Please enjoy.

Resounding Apart: Episode 2

“We walk in love, united in purpose. We join our hands and lift up one voice. We speak the truth with strength and compassion, resounding with hope, with courage, and joy.” These are the lyrics from the first verse of We Walk in Love, by Deanna Witkowski.

For this video release, we chose to highlight two organizations that work to promote equality and social justice. We believe that Black Lives Matter, and the ongoing officer-involved shootings and racial injustice in our world cannot go unrecognized. We ask that you consider donating the cost of a concert ticket to one (or both) of these wonderful organizations.

The San Jose African American Community Service Agency (AACSA) is the only multi-service African American Center in Northern California. They take pride in their multi-focused pillars of education, health & wellness, economic development, social services, and family resources.

The Equal Justice Initiative was founded over 30 years ago by Bryan Stevenson, the author of “Just Mercy,” and this organization is committed to changing the narrative about race in America.

Resounding Apart: Episode 3

Love Is, by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, uses text from 1 Corinthians, paired with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s famous 2016 Tony Awards speech.

To complement this video release, we are proud to amplify the work of the LGBTQ Youth Space. The Youth Space was established in 2008, and is a program of Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley, a division of Caminar. The Youth Space provides a confidential drop-in center and free counseling services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally youth and young adults, ages 13-25, who live in Santa Clara County.

Resounding Apart: Episode 4

In 2018, our very own Galt Johnson arranged Phil Collins’ Take Me Home for Resounding Achord’s concert of the same name.

We are proud to honor Galt’s wishes to amplify the work of the Billy deFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center, established in 1981. As Resounding Achord continues to build our community through song, we recognize that there is both beauty and great strength in diversity. “The Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center strives to be the community’s premier resource hub and a recognized leader in promoting health, strength, diversity, and inclusiveness.”

Resounding Apart: Comfort & Joy

Resounding Achord produced a 20+ minute virtual concert to help our friends celebrate the holidays from the comfort of their own home. We invite you to enjoy both the full-choir and small-group performances of some of our favorite and most fun holiday repertoire. The performance was released on December 20, 2020 and is still available for your enjoyment.

Resounding Apart: Episode 5

For our spring 2021 Resounding Apart series, created song pairings. Each project includes a song from our February 29, 2020 “Pure Imagination” concert, which was our last live performance, paired with a virtual piece. The first pairing is William Byrd’s “I Have Longed for Thy Saving Health,” arranged by Alfred Whitehead, with Kirke Mechem’s Baroque-style masterpiece, “Satan Hates Music.” Kirke’s piece was one of our favorites from the Pure Imagination concert, complete with lots of laughter and a very irritated Satan, played by tenor Greg Melton.

Resounding Apart: Episode 6

This pairing features Elizabeth Alexander’s “How to Sing Like a Planet,” which opened the Pure Imagination concert in 2020. The text encourages us to “Bloom periodically. Hunker down when you must…Know that annihilation’s possible any time, But expect a bright tomorrow’s coming anyway.” The second piece is “Star Light” by composer Trevor Tran. Trevor received his undergraduate degree at San José State, his masters degree at Temple University, and now teaches high school music in Florida. We had a lovely meeting with Trevor to talk about his piece, and we each found a deep connection to the youthful act of wishing upon stars. In the video you can see some of the singers’ wishes.

Resounding Apart: Episode 7

It has become a tradition for us to feature treble and bass singers separately on our concerts. This pairing honors that tradition. The first piece is Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” from the Pure Imagination concert, arranged by the incredibly talented Kevin Redrico. Cody Scott directed the piece and also appears as the lead soloist. The second piece, “Run Away” by Stuart Chapman Hill,  is a collaboration for our sopranos and altos with the Teen Treble Ensemble from Vivace Youth Chorus of San José.

Pure Imagination

Pure Imagination

Enjoy Leap Day with Resounding Achord and the West Valley College Concert Choir with this concert that celebrates the whimsy and fun of the extra day of the year.

Highlights include Elizabeth Alexander’s incredible “How to Sing Like a Planet,” Kevin Redrico’s spirited arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” and past-favorite “Banquet Fugue,” by John Rutter.

Pure Imagination

Kristina Nakagawa, conductor, Resounding Achord
Lou De La Rosa, conductor, West Valley College Concert Choir
Molly Shaw and Esther Archer, collaborative artists

Resounding Achord
How to Sing Like a Planet Elizabeth Alexander
All Star (As an English Madrigal) Greg Camp, arr. N. Howe
Cody Scott, conductor
For Elise (Not My Niece) arr. Joseph Hasper
Selene’s Boat Don Macdonald
Andrea White & Alissa Yang, duet
Andrew Hathaway, vibraphone
Satan Hates Music Kirke Mechem
Andrew Hathaway, conductor
West Valley College Concert Choir
Of Crows and Clusters Norman Dello Joio
Animal Crackers Vol. 1 Eric Whitacre
The Panther
The Cow
The Firefly
Short People Randy Newman, arr. Simon Carrington
In Windsor Forest Ralph Vaughan Williams
Wedding Chorus (See the Chariot at Hand)
Combined Choirs
Banquet Fugue John Rutter
Resounding Achord
Superstition Stevie Wonder, arr. Kevin Redrico
Cody Scott, director & soloist
Love Poem Paul Carey
Da Coconut Nut Ryan Cayabyab
Albee Mabeza, soloist
Pure Imagination arr. Matthew D. Nielsen
Andrew Hathaway, conductor

Regional Honor Choir Singer Scholarships

The Program

In September of 2013, we heard from a friend that a number of high school students who were accepted into the ACDA Regional Honor Choir Program could not afford the $100 fee, and the school that they attended did not have the funds to assist them. We remember how impactful these programs were when we were in high school and decided to find a way to help. That year Resounding Achord found the funds to offer eight scholarships to students who could not afford to pay the participation fee.

We have continued to expand this program over the years, and Resounding Achord Productions is now pleased to be able to offer 50  scholarships for the CCDA Coastal and Central Region Honor Choirs.

The Process

We require that each student-teacher pair fill out an application that provides justification for the need of the scholarship. The application deadline is usually mid-October.

Note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CCDA Regional Honor Choirs have been canceled for 2020. 

We look forward to supporting students in the 2021 Virtual All-State, and we will resume our Regional Honor Choir Scholarship Program in Fall 2021.

For more information send email to our artistic director.

History of the Program

Year# Regional Scholarships
Awarded
# State Scholarships
Awarded
Total Scholarship
Funds
2013-146$600
2014-1528$2,800
2015-16449$6,300
2016-176310$8,300
2017-184613$7,330
2018-194811$7,110
2019-205010$8,600
2020-21No programGeneral support for virtual program$5,000
Totals28753$46,240

 

2020 SVCreates Grant Photos

This concert was a celebration and fundraiser for St. Francis Episcopal Church in honor of their new virtual organ and renovated sanctuary. Resounding Achord was honored to hold the first public concert in the new space. Kim Andre Arnesen’s Magnificat offered the opportunity for a wonderful collaboration between organist, soprano soloist, and choir. Click here for details about this performance.

 


In December 2019 we had another opportunity for collaboration, this time with Bay Bells, the longest-running community handbell ensemble in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kendra Symonds, Resounding Achord alto, also conducts Bay Bells. The result was a wonderful celebration of the holiday season. Click here for more information.

 


Pure Imagination, held on Leap Day 2020, was a concert with music to celebrate the fun of the extra day this year. The West Valley College Concert Choir, conducted by Lou De La Rosa, was invited to join for the evening, and the choirs combined for one piece, “Banquet Fugue” by John Rutter. The entire program was full of whimsy and humor, and many of our audience regulars claimed it was one of the most fun performances we have ever given.  Click here for more information.