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Choir Festival: Q&R with Dr. Gary Bonner

by Jim Killam | 5-minute read


In advance of the Community Choir Festival March 6-7 at First Free Rockford, we spoke via email with workshop leader Dr. Gary Bonner.

What should attendees expect from this workshop? What could change for them?

If we do our jobs well, the singers should be energized, encouraged, motivated and excited. We always hope they will become better music readers, be more understanding of what their role in the body is, and hopefully, understand their role in ministry better. Read More

Students Fall Festival 2019

High school and junior high students: Bring your friends and your apple-bobbing and pumpkin-carving skills to our first Students Fall Festival! Carnival-style games, food and a fun time connecting with old and new friends. It’s all FREE! 6:30–8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 at First Free Rockford.

Community Choir Festival

Community Choir Festival

Community Choir Festival

First Free Rockford is once again hosting a Community Choir Festival with Dr. Gary Bonner. If you like to sing – then this is for you!

Dr. Gary Bonner conducting the choir

On Friday and Saturday, February 2 & 3, singers from all around the region will come together in one mighty chorus, and we want you to join us! Rehearsals are Friday evening 7-9:30pm and Saturday 9am-3pm. (Lunch is included in your registration fee)

Then on Saturday at 6pm will be a free Community Choir Concert.


Don’t miss the thrill of being a part of this large community choir made up of singers of all ages from all over the mid-west. We will sing, laugh, and learn together. The weekend culminates with a free concert for our community.

For Singers of all levels and musical talents. Everyone learns something!


If you are looking to infuse joy, energy, and passion into your music program, then this is a weekend that you and your singers simply shouldn’t miss!


If you have questions, please call Renee Cooper at (815) 877-7046 or email


Register Online


Choir receiving instruction