Author: Jan Clayton

Ring Out

Ring Out

This December, we are excited to share our program with Bay Bells, one of the nation’s longest-running community handbell ensembles. Each ensemble will perform individually, and then will join together for exciting works such as “I Saw Three Ships” arranged by Mack Wilberg and the hauntingly beautiful “Winter Solstice Carol” by William Beckstrand. Also on the program will be two premiere compositions by Jeremy Harris and Nicholas Roberto. We hope you will join us to “ring” in the season!

Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm
St. Francis Episcopal Church
1205 Pine Avenue, San Jose, CA

Click HERE to purchase tickets

Adults
$15 Presale
$20 At the Door
College Students
$10 Presale
$15 At the Door
High School Students & Younger
Always free!
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 2:00pm
Christ Episcopal Church
1040 Border Road, Los Altos

Click HERE to purchase tickets

Adults
$15 Presale
$20 At the Door
College Students
$10 Presale
$15 At the Door
High School Students & Younger
Always free!

You can also purchase season tickets until December 1st. Find out more here

Pure Imagination

Pure Imagination

Enjoy Leap Day with Resounding Achord and singers from West Valley College with this concert that celebrates the whimsy and fun of the extra day of the year. Highlights include “Selene’s Boat” by Don MacDonald, accompanied by pitched percussion, and the humorous “Banquet Fugue” by John Rutter.

Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 7:30 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!

Tickets available beginning January 15, 2020.

Seeking

Seeking

Resounding Achord is proud to present a program that celebrates 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 unite us all: joy, salvation, comfort, nourishment, connection, and belonging. Selections range from Stravinsky’s “Ave Maria” and the beautiful “Bogoroditse Djevo” by Rachmaninoff to a new composition by Carlos Cordero, ¡Ayúdame! (Venezuelan Plea for Life), and the celebratory “On This Road” by Andrea Ramsey.

Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 8:00 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!
Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 7:00pm
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!

Tickets available beginning March 15, 2020.

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 for 2019 is Monday, October 14.

Please click here to download the application: 2019_Regional_Honor_Choir_Scholarship_Application. For more information send email to our artistic director.

Magnificat Organ Dedication

Magnificat Organ Dedication

Resounding Achord is honored to participate in St. Francis Episcopal Church’s dedication of its new virtual organ. This dedication comes at the end of a 6-month renovation of the sanctuary, and will be the debut performance in the newly-renovated space. The dedication will be a part of an Evensong service with music by Roland Martin.

Following the service, Resounding Achord will present a reprise of Kim Andre Arnesen’s “Magnificat,” which they performed in December 2017 in Palo Alto. Danielle Wells, soprano, and Michael Burroughs, organist, will also be featured.

Join us Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 5 pm at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 1205 Pine Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125

This event is free and does not require tickets.

Summer Conducting Lab Choir

Summer Conducting Lab Choir

Need a place to sing when your choir is off for the summer?
We have the perfect gig for you.

The Summer Conducting Lab gives conductors-in-training an opportunity to work with a choir in a rehearsal setting, gaining valuable podium time and real-time feedback. During the 2-hour sessions, 3-5 conductors work with the all-volunteer choir, made up of singers from all over the Silicon Valley. Dr. Jeffrey Benson and Kristina Nakagawa provide feedback to the conductors both during the session and afterward in private communication.

What else is great about the Summer Conducting Lab?

No audition.
No practicing.
No cost.
No pressure.
No commitment.

Just show up, sing, and have fun.

Resounding Achord provides music for all participants. About 20 pieces are selected each year that represent different styles, musical eras, and difficulties. About 25-30% of the music changes each year so that there is sufficient variety for returning singers and conductors.  It is a perfect opportunity to practice your sight-reading skills.

Session Dates for 2019

July sessions will be held at SJSU, the Music Building, Room 182.

  • Monday, July 8th, 7:30-9:30 pm
  • Wednesday, July 10th, 7:30-9:30 pm
  • Monday, July 15th, 7:30-9:30 pm
  • Wednesday, July 17th, 7:30-9:30 pm

August sessions will be held at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 1205 Pine Ave, San Jose, CA.

  • Wednesday, August 7th, 7:30-9:30 pm
  • Wednesday, August 14th, 7:30-9:30 pm
What do the lab choir singers like best?

“I loved getting to learn more about the insides of conducting!”

“Making great music.”

“I loved being a part of a group of extremely skilled musicians; both the singers and directors!”

“The feedback given by Dr. Benson and Kristina Nakagawa and their effect on the conductor/choir were eye- (and ear-) opening for me as a singer.”

For more information, or to register as a singer or student conductor:
Click Here

Cheers: Broadway’s Best

Cheers: Broadway’s Best

Resounding Achord is pleased to present another round of Cheers music after our successful concert two seasons ago. This time, we are “serving” you Broadway favorites from Gershwin to Spamalot. “Consider Yourself” invited — jazz hands optional!

— “I’ll Cover You” from Rent
— “Soft Place to Land” from Waitress
— “You’ve Got A Friend” from Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
— “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat” from Guys and Dolls
— 
“I Got Rhythm” by George and Ira Gershwin from I Got Rhythm
— “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” from Spamalot
— “And All That Jazz” from Chicago
— 
“Consider Yourself” from Oliver
— 
“Don’t Nobody Bring Me No Bad News” from The Wiz
— “Drink with Me” from Les Misérables
— “Hernado’s Hideaway” from The Pajama Game
— A Medley from Once

Join us Saturday night at 8:00pm at St. Francis Episcopal Church for a concert-style program with our standard pricing.

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:00 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!
 

On Sunday afternoon, eat and drink while we serenade you at Uproar Brewing Company.

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 5:00 pm
Uproar Brewing Company
439 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA
Adults/College Students
$5 Donation to reserve a seat near the stage
Note that a purchase of food or drink is required
High School Students & Younger
Always free!

 

2019 For Love Benefit Concert

2019 For Love Benefit Concert

 

Resounding Achord is proud to participate in the 9th Annual Benefit Concert supporting Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, an incredibly worthy organization serving women in crisis in Santa Clara County. They make it it possible for women to escape abusive situations and can support their full journey from crisis to stability.

Resounding Achord will be joining other Silicon Valley area choirs including the Orchard City Community Chorus, Rainbow Women’s Chorus, Serendipity Choir, and Opera San Jose Military Veterans Choir.

March 1, 2019, 7:30pm

Campbell United Methodist Church
1675 Winchester Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008

Tickets $20

Purchase tickets at the door or online at Orchard City Community Chorus.

Deck the Hall

Deck the Hall

In December 2018, Resounding Achord performed many of your Christmas favorites in Deck the Hall at St. Francis Episcopal Church. The concert featured some of our favorite holiday pieces from past concerts, including “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” Kirby Shaw’s jazzy “Carol of the Bells,” and the exquisite “Ave Maria” by Franz Biebl.

This is a concert for the whole family, complete with special seating in the front for children, and a festive sing-along for all ages.

Deck the Hall Program

Here We Come A-Caroling………………………………………….arr. Brant Adams

Somerset Wassail…………………………………………………arr. Richard Feliciano

The First Noel…………………………………………………………………arr. Dan Forrest
        Andrew Hathaway, conductor & Galt Johnson, piano

Two Carols from Set 1…………………………………………………………..Alfred Burt
        I. Caroling, Caroling
        II. We’ll Dress the House

Still, Still, Still……………………………………………………………arr. Norman Luboff
        Greg Melton, soloist & Molly Shaw, piano

Carol of the Bells…………………………………………………………….arr. Kirby Shaw

Jingle Bells………………………………………………………………………..James Pierpont

                INTERMISSION

Deck the Halls in 7/8…………………………………………….arr. James McKelvey
        Christina O’Guinn, soloist

In the Bleak Midwinter………………………………………….arr. Roger Emerson
Michelle Dreyband, soloist

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy…………………………………………arr. Jeff Funk
        Cody Scott, conductor

Sing Along
                Molly Shaw, piano
        I. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
        II. Joy to the World
        III. Silent Night

A Long-Distance Christmas……………………………………………….arr. Chris Ng

Ave Maria…………………………………………………………………………………Franz Biebl
        Andrew Hathaway, Cody Scott, Jennifer Barnett, soloists

Winter Wonderland………………………………………………..arr. Frank Martinez
        Andrea Bolivar & Cody Scott, soloists