Author: Jan Clayton

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
# State Scholarships
Total Scholarship
2020-21No programGeneral support for virtual program$5,000


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.

Ring Out

Ring Out

We were ecstatic about the results of our two concert-program with Bay Bells, one of the nation’s longest-running community handbell ensembles. Each ensemble performed individually, and then joined together for a number of 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 were two premiere compositions by Jeremy Harris and Nicholas Roberto. And, as a special surprise, Director’s Cut quartet performed a delightful pre-concert set. Please click on the links to enjoy our videos of the concert.

Ring Out

Pre-Concert Treat: Directors’ Cut

Andrew Hathaway, Albee Mabeza, Cody Scott, Kevin Schoenfeld

Angels We Have Heard on High Traditional
The Secret of Christmas arr. Jim Clancy
That’s Christmas to Me Pentatonix
featuring Kristen Redaniel
Resounding Achord
Brightest and Best  arr. Shawn Kirchner
Joel Pattison, violin
Lux Aeterna Nicholas Roberto
(world premiere)
In Dulci Jubilo Matthew Culloton
Cody Scott & Albee Mabeza, soloists
The World for Christmas Anders Edenroth
Andrew Hathaway, conductor
Gabby Crolla & Kendra Symonds, soloists
A Child is Born arr. Jeremy Harris
(world premiere)
Caroling, Caroling arr. Michele Weir
Andrew Hathaway, conductor
Resounding Achord & Bay Bells
Gaudete arr. Thomas Juneau
Ringeltanze no. 3: Beautiful Star  arr. Libby Larsen
Kelli Ghanati, Michelle Dreyband, Nick Fortino, & Andrew Hathaway, quartet
I Saw Three Ships arr. Mack Wilberg
Molly Shaw & Jeremy Harris, piano four-hands
Bay Bells
The Stars in Bethlehem Skies  arr. William A. Gross
The Little Drummer Boy  arr. Valerie W. Stephenson
Beati Quorum Via  C.V. Stanford, arr. Lonnie J. Dorgan
Celtic Christmas Jig  arr. Linda R. Lamb
Twas in the Moon of Wintertime  arr. Matthew Prins
Fum, Fum, Fum  arr. Patricia A. Sanders
Andrew Hathaway & Albee Mabeza, percussion
Resounding Achord & Bay Bells
Rejoice and Be Merry  John Rutter
Winter Solstice Carol William Beckstrand
Ring Out, Ye Bells!  Marques L. A. Garrett, Samuel Carlton, & Dan Forrest
Andrew Hathaway, cajon
Peace, Peace  arr. Fred Bock
Talia Orsetti Ng, American Sign Language
Allan Hughes, recorder

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 2022

Monday and Wednesday nights, 7:30 – 9:30
July 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, & 27


All sessions are located at:

St. Francis Episcopal Church
1205 Pine Ave, San José, CA

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.”

Click to Register as a Singer or Student Conductor

History of the Conducting Lab

We started the conducting lab in 2014 in conjunction with San Jose State University (SJSU) as part of their Three Summer Master’s Program in Music Education. The summer masters students are music educators, and many are conductors of community or school ensembles. The SJSU program offers advanced conducting instruction as part of their program; however, because their residency is held during the summer, there are no ensembles at SJSU for the students to conduct. Our lab provides a live conducting opportunity for the students.
Each year the program follows a basic framework:

  • There are 5-6 evening sessions — typically two evening sessions per week for a 3-week period.
  • Conductors sign up for one or more 20–40 minute conducting time slots and arrive prepared to conduct 1–3 pieces.
  • The conductors can either be members of SJSU’s Three Summer Master’s Program, regular-term students at SJSU, or community members who are seeking an opportunity to sharpen their conducting skills.
  • There is no participation fee for conductors or singers, and all music is lent to the conductors and singers free of charge for the program.
  • We invite and welcome singers of any age and any level to be part of the choir. They don’t have to make a commitment to show up for all or even most of the sessions, and singers do not need to practice.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Benson and Kristina Nakagawa give instruction and written feedback to the conductors.
“The Summer Lab Choir partnership between SJSU and Resounding Achord provides a tremendous opportunity for our SJSU Summer Masters students to gain much-needed experience in front of a choir. Thank you to RA for the amazing leadership in our field.” — Dr. Jeffrey Benson, SJSU
Summer# Student
# Singers
Signed Up
Average #
Each Night

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!

Cheers: Broadway’s Best

Kristina Nakagawa, conductor, Resounding Achord
Molly Shaw, collaborative pianist

And All That Jazz arr. Kirby Shaw
You’ve Got a Friend arr. Mac Huff
Andrea Bolivar, solo
Consider Yourself arr. Tom Gentry
Andrew Hathaway, conductor
Soft Place to Land Sara Bareilles
Alissa Yang, solo
I Got Rhythm arr. Jay Althouse
Medley from Once arr. Lisa DeSpain
Christina O’Guinn & Sarah Scullion, solos
Hernando’s Hideaway arr. Greg Gilpin
Jan Clayton, solo
Drink With Me Claude-Michel Schonberg, Herbert Kretzmer, & Alan Boubil
Michelle Dreyband, Brian Kroneman, Andrew Hathaway, & Keith Byron, solos
Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat arr. Mark Brymer
Austin Lim, solo
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life arr. Mac Huff
Jeremy Harris, Jo Taubert, Alison Brand, Katherine Doar, solos
I’ll Cover You arr. Mac Huff
Kyla Blili, Alison Brand, Jo Taubert, Andrea White, Jerry Hernandez, & Ramona Pimentel, small group
Don’t Nobody Bring Me No Bad News arr. Larry Shackley
Mernie Hillman & Ramona Pimentel, solos
Where Everybody Knows Your Name arr. Chris Ng

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

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
Deck the Hall 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

Take Me Home

Take Me Home

Join Resounding Achord for “Take Me Home,” a choral music program centered around home, shelter, and community. Highlights include two new arrangements written for the choir, the US premiere of Ariel Quintana’s “Furusato,” and heart-stirring folksongs from America, Africa, and Cuba.

All donations collected for this concert will benefit two organizations that support the homeless in Santa Clara County: Village House, an interfaith women’s shelter, and the Winter Faith Collaborative, a Santa Clara County movement of faith communities with a common aim to shelter their neighbors who live outdoors.

All are welcome! A free will offering will be collected a the door, or you may donate online when reserving your tickets. Advanced reservations are recommended.

Take Me Home

Unclouded Day arr. Shawn Kirchner
No. 1 from Heavenly Home: Three American Songs
Beati Omnes Ivo Antognini
The Roof Andrea Ramsey
Molly Shaw, piano, & Joel Pattinson, violin
We Are Ysaye M. Barnwell
The Road Home Stephen Paulus
Kelli Ghanati, soloist
Son de Camaguey Cuban Folk Song, arr. Stephen Hatfield
Andrew Hathaway, Brian Kroneman, Benjamin Kuhn Reardon, & Kevin Schieberl, percussion
Sisi ni moja (We are one) Jacob Narverud
Molly Shaw, piano; Brian Kroneman & Benjamin Kuhn Reardon, tenors
Furusato Teiichi Okano & Tatsuyuki Takano, arr. Ariel Quintana
US Premiere Performance
Homeless Paul Simon & Joseph Shabalala, arr. Kristina Nakagawa
Christina O’Guinn, Jerry-Michael Hernandez, & Keith Byron, soloists
Homeward Bound Marta Keen & Gustav Holst, arr. McKay Crockett
Galt Johnson, Andrea Bolivar, soloists; Brian Kroneman, Benjamin Kuhn Reardon, & Cody Scott, tenor trio
Take Me Home Phil Collins, arr. Galt Johnson
Jerry-Michael Hernandez & Jo Taubert, soloists
Andrew Hathaway, percussion
Angel Band arr. Shawn Kirchner
No. 2 from Heavenly Home: Three American Songs