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.
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.
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?
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:
Resounding Achord Productions is pleased to offer up to 10 scholarships for the CCDA All-State Honor Choir. Applications are typically available in early December after the All-State Choir members have been selected.
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.
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