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Judd Bonner, D.M.A.

Associate Professor of Music

Office Phone: (951) 343-4251
E-mail: jbonner@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Hawkins 217
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Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
D.M.A. Conducting Claremont Graduate University 2009
M.A. English Cal Poly, Pomona 1999
B.A. English/ supp. auth. : Music Azusa Pacific University 1991

Additional Education

12 week-long conducting seminars with Dr. Gary Bonner (490 formal hours)
72 units in music at Claremont Graduate University

Doctorate of music program at Claremont Graduate University


Courses Taught

University Choir and Orchestra
Choral Union
Male Chorale
Conducting I
Conducting II
Seminar in Conducting
Small Groups
Graduate Conducting

High School:

* Male Chorale
* Concert Choir
* Voices
* Ladies Choir
* Advanced Placement Literature and Composition

Cal Poly Pomona:
English 98, 99, 104, 105 (Freshman Comp.)


Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

* Choral Conducting
* Choir Building
* Church Music
* Connections of Literature and Music throughout History
* Small Group Vocal Ensembles

Before accepting the Dean’s position, Dr. Bonner served as Associate Dean of the School of Music at CBU and was responsible for maintaining accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Music, assembling and coordinating seven small traveling musical ensembles every year, coordinating adjunct instructor employment and schedule, and teaching conducting. In addition to the Male Chorale, he has conducted the 300-member Choral Union and Orchestra in such classical works as Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Durufle’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Hodie, and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast.


Teaching Experience

* Music and English (Covina High School)
* English (Cal Poly, Pomona)


Research, Presentations, & Publications

He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting degree from Claremont Graduate University. His dissertation study was titled Non-verbal Communication and the Choral Conductor and focused on body movements and facial expressions to achieve maximum musical production from the musicians.


Church Membership & Activities

Minister of Music at Upland Presbyterian Church


Community Service & Involvement

Former Member/Section Leader of the Gary Bonner Singers.

Dr. Bonner has traveled with small musical ensembles to Japan and to China. He is regularly requested to adjudicate choral festivals and musical competitions as well as serving as a choral clinician for performing groups and music conferences such as Music Quest, Music California, and the CBU Invitational Choral Festival.


Interests & Hobbies

* Tennis, Hiking, Singing, Fly Fishing
* Wife: Summer
* Children: Jacob, Joshua, Garrison, and Ray.


Personal Philosophy

"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things."

-Phillipians 4:8, NASB

"Drudgery, Calamity, Exasperation, and Want are all instructors in Eloquence and Wisdom." -R.W. Emerson