Author: Jan Clayton

Supporting the Decision Makers of the Future

Supporting the Decision Makers of the Future

By Kristina Nakagawa, Artistic Director, Resounding Achord 

An article (Trained Musicians Make Better Decisions” by Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard) was sent to me by a Resounding Achord alum, and it couldn’t be more perfect for this week. Here at Resounding Achord Productions, we are gearing up for our first-ever fundraiser on October 7. All funds raised from this variety-show-style evening will go directly to our high school regional and all-state honor choir scholarship outreach programs. The event will include performances from past scholarship recipients, along with current singers and friends of Resounding Achord. For more information, visit us here: A Musicale Fundraiser.

Many parents and teachers are well aware of the benefits of music training for children. This study from a team at the University of Texas-Austin suggests that families might consider holding off on music training until later in childhood, due to the development process of the brain’s prefrontal cortex. The study also theorizes that “The music classes offered during many children’s elementary and high-school education in America may result in improved decision-making ability as an adult.”

Personally, I believe that children and students of all ages should be exposed to and experience music firsthand. They should play in music, they should listen to music, they should live in music. As a parent, I resonate with the suggestion to not start more technical or “serious” musical training until the child is ready, or even until they ask for it! Anyone who was ever forced to practice their musical skills when they were young would likely tell you the same. However, these same people will also tell you the regret they feel that they didn’t continue with their music practice. Perhaps by waiting for instruction until age 8 or later, we can keep and preserve the joy of music throughout our lives?

The good news: many of the students in our musical outreach programs are just starting their journeys as musicians. I can only hope that by supporting them through our scholarship outreach program that we are helping to create the most advanced critical thinkers and problem solvers of the future. We are surely going to need their help.

Regional Honor Choir Audition Preparation Workshop

Want to walk into your audition with confidence?

This three-hour workshop is for high school singers who would like extra help with preparing for the regional honor choir auditions, which are held at the end of September.

Lessons will include:

  • How to present yourself at the audition. What do I wear? What do I say? What do I need to bring?
  • Tips and tricks for sight-reading.
  • Tips and tricks for tonal memory.
  • Preparation and performance of your solo piece.

Kristina Nakagawa leads this afternoon workshop. All students will take home materials that will support further audition preparation at home.

Date: Saturday, September 9th, 2017  1:00-4:00 pm
Location: St. Francis Episcopal Church, 1205 Pine Avenue, San Jose, CA

Student Participant $10 Purchase Tickets

Individual Donations

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We have worked diligently to keep our expenditures extremely low.  However, we still have immediate funding needs, including:

  • Our Outreach Programs — Honor Choir Scholarships and our Summer Conducting Lab program
  • Venue Costs for Concerts and other Events
  • Concert Programs and Marketing Materials
  • Concert Guest Artists
  • Accompanist Fees
  • Salary for only singer paid staff member

Membership Benefits

All donors receive acknowledgement in our concert programs, priority concert seating, and an invitation to donor events

Level Amount Gifted Benefits of Giving
Partner $5,000+ Private small-group concert of your choosing and four RAP Concert* tickets for life
Benefactor $2,500 – $4,999 Four RAP Concert* season tickets
Visionary $1,000 – $2,499 Two RAP Concert* season tickets
Patron $500 – $999 Four RAP Concert* single-concert tickets
Supporter $100 – $499 Two RAP Concert* single-concert tickets
Friend $50 – $99 Priority concert seating

* RAP Concert — Any concert produced by Resounding Achord Productions; typically two concerts per season

Download our Director’s Circle Brochure

IMPACT

Igniting Musical Passion Among Children and Teens

Our IMPACT program allows all students high-school age or younger to attend our RAP Produced concerts for free. Prior to each concert, we send information to music teachers in order to help provide outside musical opportunities to their students. The goal of this program is to educate our youth about choral music and to assure them that high-caliber performance opportunities exist outside of the education and faith-based organizations.

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 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.”

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. Music will be provided for singers at each event.

Mondays & Wednesdays, mid-July thru mid-August 7:30-9:30 pm
St. Francis Episcopal Church, 1205 Pine Ave, San Jose, CA

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Passionate Volunteers Needed

We are looking for several different kinds of volunteers:

  • Energetic and passionate Board of Directors members who want to help us realize our dreams.  We do not demand long hours or large donations.  We just want people who will help oversee our programs
  • Advisors to give us feedback, advice, and introductions to people in the community that will help us reach our goals.
  • A host of passionate volunteers who can help us at our concerts and outreach events.
  • Passionate educators (or music education supporters) who want to help us develop a world-class choral education outreach program.
  • People who wish to bring great choral music to retirement community events.

If you are interested in volunteering with our organization, please contact us at volunteers@resoundingachord.org.

Amazon Smile Purchases

Amazon Smile Purchases

What is Amazon Smile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

You use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I Support Resounding Achord?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.  To support Resounding Achord Productions, just specify our name. That’s it.

 

A Musicale Fundraiser

A Musicale Fundraiser

Join Resounding Achord and friends for a fun evening of music, dessert, wine, coffee, and tea. This musicale-style performance will feature solos and small group numbers by Resounding Achord singers along with student groups and soloists who are past Honor Choir Scholarship recipients. All proceeds from this event will benefit the 2017-18 scholarships for the California Choral Director’s Association Regional and All-State Honor Choirs.

Come share this special evening with us and find out why our Honor Choir Scholarship program is one of our most popular and successful outreach programs.

St. Francis Episcopal Church of Willow Glen,
1205 Pine Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125

Please purchase tickets by October 1, 2017. Refreshments are included in the price of admission. And, if you have any issues purchasing tickets, please contact tickets@resoundingachord.org.

Adults $50
Students $35
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