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49th Annual Patriotic Celebration

49th Annual Patriotic Celebration

Join us in the Sanctuary at First Free Rockford for our 49th Annual Patriotic Celebration.  Come for one or both of our performances.  Performances are Friday, June 29th at 7:00 PM and Saturday, June 30th at 7:00 PM.

This event is FREE and will include a dessert reception after each performance.  During the event, we will be collecting a free-will offering which will be donated to Friends of Fisher House Illinois who is dedicated to financial, volunteer and emotional support for Illinois Fisher Houses built by the Fisher House Foundation mission to support America’s military in their time of need.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be a part of a 49-year tradition celebrating our country, honoring our veterans and military, and thanking God for our freedom!



Dr Bonner

Chorale Workshop



REGISTRATION BEGINS DECEMBER 1, 2016 Deadline to register is February 1, 2017

  • Early Bird Discount (if paid by Jan. 1, 2017): $5 off per singer
  • Regular Registration Fee (after Jan. 1, 2017): $30 Adult singers / $20 Students
  • Group Rate Groups of 10+ call for additional discount information!


Friday and Saturday Feb 10th – 11th:

  • Friday Rehearsal 7:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Saturday Rehearsal 9:00am. – 3:00pm (Lunch Provided)
  • Saturday Community Choir Concert 6:00pm FREE ADMISSION


Bonners 2016
Dr. Gary Bonner is an internationally recognized conductor and trainer of conductors. He has what is described as an “intangible magic” when it comes to creating choral music, a sound and experience that is related to the connection between the conductor, performers, and audience, creating an elusive, yet identifiable, quality which makes a performance come alive.  Dr. Bonner is in great demand as a teacher of both choir directors and singers. He has trained over 700 conductors in his intensive week-long conducting seminars and touched thousands in his weekend choir workshops which have been offered across the United States and Canada. In addition, Dr. Bonner has been regularly invited to offer workshops at major music conferences such as MusiCalifornia, Music Northwest, Christian Artists at Estes Park Colorado, Gospel Music Conference in Nashville, Music Minnesota, Hosanna Music Conference, Music Iowa, Spartanburg, Ridgecrest, Glorietta, Metro Music, and the National Church Music Conference.  His philosophy that music is for the masses, not just a select few, permeates his emphasis on communication and relationship through music.  Dr. Bonner and his wife Pat have been active in Christian ministry through music and teaching for the 55 years of their marriage.  It is our privilege to welcome Dr. Bonner back to First Free Rockford for another exciting Choir Workshop.


For further information contact:

Renee Cooper
Renee Cooper
Classic Worship Director
(815) 877-7046 x 6714