Résonance is a premier vocal ensemble, comprised of multi-talented, semi-professional singers from the area, whose mission is to engage, inspire and challenge those they entertain through eclectic and innovative vocal music performances and compelling collaborations. At the core, Résonance is an a capella ensemble. The singers also perform collaboratively with instrumentalists in styles that range from early music and opera to jazz and musical theater.
The 501(c)3 organization was founded in 2012 by three inspired sopranos who saw the need for a collaborative ensemble of its kind. Under the leadership of music director, Kevin Smith, Résonance grew from 8 singers to a performing ensemble of 16 singers, now with a growing roster of over 40 talented artists.
Guiding Résonance since 2015 season is music director, A. Barron Breland. Breland serves as chair of the fine and performing arts and is associate professor of music at Creighton University, as well as artistic director of the River City Mixed Chorus. His experience includes work with many award-winning ensembles around the country. Artistic staff also includes the multi-talented pianist and organist, Mark Kurtz. Kurtz serves as director of music ministries at First United Methodist Church in Omaha and is a well-known choral composer. Kurtz is the associate music director and collaborative pianist along with assistant music director Tom Lesiak.
The voices of Résonance have performed under the direction of a variety of esteemed vocal arts specialists such as Emmy- and Grammy-nominated choral specialist Judith Clurman, international composer/conductor Andy Brick; world-renowned organist and choral master Tom Trenney; conductor, composer and educator Ernest Richardson; opera music director and producer J. Gawf; and vocal expert and collaborative pianist John J. Bennett. The fall of 2015 marked a debut performance under the baton of conductor Thomas Wilkins, music director of the Omaha Symphony and principal conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Résonance has worked with a variety of critically acclaimed stage directors, Broadway performer and director Michael Shawn Lewis and the critically acclaimed director and choreographer Parker Esse for the Omaha Symphony's annual multi-performance run of Christmas Celebration and locally with Joel Johnston, Melanie Walters, Roxanne Nielsen, Debbie Massey-Schneweis and T. Adam Goos.
Résonance was recently featured on the Brownville Concert Series 25th Anniversary Christmas Gala, joining talented Broadway voices and the Emmy-award winner historian and author John Fricke. Ongoing collaborations include performances with the Omaha Symphony, Renaissance Festival of Nebraska, Holiday Lights Festival and the Pizza Shoppe Collective. Recent collaborations include engagements with the Sarpy County Museum, Omaha Consort, Rangbrook Ensemble, and the concert series of College of Saint Mary and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.
Résonance is a frequent featured performer with Gallup, Inc. conventions, most recently for the CliftonStrengths Summit.
Résonance is in residence at SNJ Studio of Music.