Author: Jan Clayton

10th Anniversary Concert

10th Anniversary Concert

Resounding Achord Productions is turning 10! This special event, featuring both Resounding Achord and Pariter, will raise funds for our honor choir scholarship programs. It features music selected by our singers and community members from past concert programs. A wine and dessert reception will immediately follow the performance.

Date: October 22, 2022, 7:00pm
Location: St. Francis Episcopal Church, 1205 Pine Avenue, San Jose, CA

Cost: (online and door prices are the same)

  • Children 18 and under: Free
  • Collect students: $15
  • Adults: $30
  • VIP — Scholarship Supporters: $100 (70% tax-deductible, includes preferred seating and a special token of our appreciation)

COVID Mitigation Procedures: Medical-grade air filters will be running during the concert. For the safety of the performers, masks are required for all audience members. COVID vaccinations, including available booster doses, are highly encouraged.

Chromatic Convergence Showcase

Chromatic Convergence Showcase

Come see Chromatic Convergence and Resounding Achord Productions’s own Pariter in this choral music showcase from many different backgrounds: Pop and R&B to Barbershop and Folk music.

Selections include Fly Me To The Moon by Frank Sinatra, Underneath the Stars by Mariah Carey, and It’s All Coming Back to Me Now by Celine Dion. We hope you can take some time on Fathers Day to join us for this showcase of Bay Area vocal talent.

Date:        Sunday, June 19, 2022, 1:30 to 3:00 pm

Location: All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverly Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Cost:        Free ($10 suggested donation)

Pre-registration is not required; tickets will be available the day of the concert at the venue.

COVID Mitigation Procedures:

Face masks will be required for audience members at all times. Vaccination and boosters against Covid-19 are strongly encouraged, but not required for entry.  All singers will be masked.

For the Earth

For the Earth


For the Earth celebrates the gifts that our natural world provides to us, and encourages our entire community to think critically about what we can do to preserve the environment and combat climate change through music.

Resounding Achord and Pariter will join together for a program that includes classic works by Johannes Brahms, Randall Thompson, Lili Boulanger, and Orlando di Lasso paired with contemporary pieces by Andrea Ramsey, Joshua Shank, Reena Esmail, Marques L.A. Garrett, and Larry Farrow.

We are excited to partner with the Action for the Climate Emergency to spotlight the amazing work that they do to educate about the dangers of climate change and help people to stand up and say #NowOrNever to our nation’s elected officials and corporations.

When: June 5, 2022, 3:00 pm
Location: St. Francis Episcopal Church, 1205 Pine Avenue, San Jose, CA

12th Annual For Love Benefit Concert

12th Annual For Love Benefit Concert

Resounding Achord is once again honored to perform in the For Love benefit concert for Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence (NDS).  NDS is the premier domestic violence agency in Santa Clara County. It is the only stand-alone domestic violence agency and the largest provider of these services. Since 1971, NDS has helped thousands of survivors and families move out of crisis and violence and into safety, stability, and self-sufficiency.

Resounding Achord will be joined by:

  • Orchard City Community Chorus
  • San Jose Military Veteran’s Chorus
  • Rainbow Women’s Chorus
  • Serendipity

Date: March 18, 2022, 7:30 pm
Location: Livestreamed only

More information soon. All concert proceeds are donated to Next Door Solutions.​​​​​​

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.

This concert was performed on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at First Congregational Church in Palo Alto, and Sunday, November 14, 2021 at St. Francis Episcopal Church in San Jose. A video recording of the Sunday performance is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtJVwM_cI2U.

Click here for the full concert program.

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.