This article originally appeared in the winter 2015 Harker Quarterly.
The Bucknall Choir’s fourth and fifth graders had the rare opportunity to work with one of the Bay Area’s finest choral directors at their recent choral retreat. Jeffrey Benson, director of choral activities at San Jose State University, is considered a leading authority on the development of choral singers. Students were mesmerized and inspired by Benson’s enthusiasm and engaging techniques during the 75-minute workshop. Bucknall Choir directors Kellie Binney-Smart and Carena Montany are excited for the growth that this opportunity has given their young singers.