Resonance is a 30-voice ensemble based in San Luis Obispo, California, under the direction of Paul Osborne. Founded in 2012, Resonance performs a variety of a cappella choral repertoire, with emphases on Renaissance polyphony, contemporary compositions, and music of the Midwest Choral tradition as pioneered by the St. Olaf Choir. Other influences include The Concordia Choir, The Tallis Scholars, The King’s Singers, and the Voices of Ascension.
Resonance exists to preserve the tradition of a cappella singing by selecting challenging and stimulating repertoire to be performed by skilled vocalists. We aim to bring the community and our members together by connecting the past and the future through the universal language of music.
Paul Osborne has been a choral director, tenor soloist, and composer/arranger on the Central Coast since 2006. He received his degree at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, where he studied choral conducting with René Clausen. In addition to being the founder/director of Resonance (and serving as Board President), he is the current Chorus Master for Opera San Luis Obispo and Central Coast Gilbert & Sullivan, and the worship leader at Paso Robles Church of the Nazarene. He was the choral director at San Luis Obispo High School from 2007 to 2012, and is the former director of the Young Men’s Ensemble with the Central Coast Youth Chorus. He also performs locally with the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale, the Symphony of the Vines, and the annual “Bach Week” series with the Cal Poly Early Music Ensemble.
During the day, Paul works in hospitality and elevated experiences at Adelaida Vineyards and Winery, and is studying to become a Certified Sommelier. He resides in Atascadero with his wife Katrina and daughter Emmy.
Board of Directors
Kara Pecson | Vice President + Singer Liaison
Kara Pecson has been singing choral music since she was eight years old, and finds it to be an endless source of creation and inspiration. She has been a member of Resonance for five years, and also sings regularly with the San Luis Obispo Vocal Arts Ensemble and Canzona Women’s Ensemble. She also enjoys social dancing, and has been blessed to be involved with the Cal Poly Salsa Club for over fifteen years. Professionally, she works for Quest Diagnostics, and loves helping people stay healthy, whether emotionally, physically or spiritually. She enjoys living the beautiful life of the Central Coast.
Audrey Arellano | Treasurer + Development Director
Audrey joined the Resonance board in 2022, after joining our volunteer team in 2019. By day, she is a brand manager for various hotel groups , including the Cambria Inns Collection. She is also president of the Wineries of the 46 East, and a member of the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce. With this background, she brings a wealth of experience in securing sponsors, marketing, fundraising, and event planning. Musically, she is a part of the worship team at Paso Robles Church of the Nazerene, is the lead vocalist of the local band Acoustify, and recently sang in her first opera, “Ruddigore”, with Central Coast Gilbert & Sullivan.
Kelly Perkins | Secretary + Event Coordinator
Kelly Perkins is a Marriage and Family Therapist in SLO county. She brings her experience of starting up and running Non-Profit Organizations in the past, including founding Diabetic Youth Connection of San Luis Obispo County. Kelly has been singing and playing musical instruments (such as Flute and Saxophone) since the fourth grade, and currently performs with Opera San Luis Obispo, and Central Coast Gilbert and Sullivan.