Hymn and Spirituals Community Sing


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Communitywide Hymn & Spiritual Sing-Along is Feb. 5 at KCC
BATTLE CREEK, Jan. 18, 2017 — Kellogg Community College’s Vocal Arts area will celebrate Black History Month with a Communitywide Hymn & Spiritual Sing-Along in February.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Binda Performing Arts Center on KCC’s campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek. A freewill offering will be collected to support future music programming initiatives at the College.

The Sing-Along event will be conducted by KCC Vocal Arts Director Dr. Gerald Blanchard, who will lead the audience in singing traditional Christian hymns and African-American spirituals favored across a variety of denominations. KCC faculty pianists Nancy Brown and Kathy Cary will accompany on the Binda’s 9-foot Baldwin grand piano.

In addition to the faculty pianists, the audience will also be accompanied by the Cereal City Brass Company under the artistic direction of KCC trumpet instructor Eric Campbell.

Hymnals with lyrics and music will be provided as community members are given the chance to sing a wide variety of hymns and spirituals, ranging from classic traditional to contemporary Christian worship songs. Selections might include:

  • Traditional hymns including "Amazing Grace"; "Because He Lives"; "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today"; "Great Is Thy Faithfulness"; "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee"; "Lift High the Cross"; and "The Old Rugged Cross."
  • African-American spirituals including "Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit"; "Go, Tell It on the Mountain"; "Let Us Break Bread Together"; "Precious Lord, Take My Hand"; "Standing in the Need of Prayer"; and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot."
  • Contemporary congregational hymns including "Give Thanks"; "How Majestic Is Your Name"; and "Shine, Jesus, Shine."

In addition to preselected hymns and spirituals, audience members will have opportunity to call out their favorites from the audience in a true collaborative communal fashion.

KCC’s Sacred Music Certificate Program

KCC’s Communitywide Hymn & Spiritual Sing-Along is one of several music events and initiatives hosted by KCC students and faculty each year that tie into music programming at the College, which includes a Sacred Music Certificate Program.

Students who complete KCC’s Sacred Music Certificate Program are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to serve as a church choir director, music worship leader or youth music leader. The program can also help current choir directors from non-choral backgrounds enhance their job performance and satisfaction.

For more information about KCC’s Communitywide Hymn & Spiritual Sing-Along, contact KCC’s Arts and Communication Department at 269-965-4126. For more information about KCC’s Sacred Music Certificate Program and other music credentials offered at KCC, visit www.kellogg.edu/music.

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About Kellogg Community College
Kellogg Community College, founded in 1956, serves approximately 10,500 students annually on five campuses and through its Lifelong Learning and customized training programs.
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Take a music class today!

Ok students, here are a few suggested music courses you may want to consider taking this semester at KCC…

MUSI 105-01 1cr. Choir

MUSI 112-01 2cr. Voice lessons

MUSI 122-01. 2cr. Piano lessons

MUSI 135-01. 2cr. Instrumental lessons

MUSI 141-01 3cr. Music Fundamentals

MUSI 250-01 3cr. Music History 1

For greater detail on these and others email blanchardg@kellogg.edu or log onto www.kellogg.edu/music

Sing, Sing, Sing 🎶

Take voice lessons, sing in a choir or perform opera, it’s all here!

Do you love to sing? If so, there is a place for you in the Vocal Arts area here at KCC. The Vocal Arts provides interested persons with numerous performance opportunities including choir, individualized voice and instrumental lessons, opera workshop, musical theatre performances, recitals, master classes and much, muc…h, MUCH more! For information, please visit us at http://www.kellogg.edu/performart or email Gerald Blanchard at blanchardg@kellogg.edu. Have an awesome and musical year with us!


Beethoven’s 9th Symphony broadcasted on WMUK

Hey choristers,

Below is an email I received from Anne Harrigan, the conductor of the Battle Creek Symphony. Our performance of the Beethoven 9th we did last Fall with the orchestra will be aired on the NPR station WMUK all this week. The final movement which you all performed will be broadcasted on Thursday morning at 10:00am. For those in The Kalamazoo/Battle Creek area, it is channel 102.1. All others can hear it on http://www.WMUK.org.

Hi all,

I just found out that our Beethoven 9th performance will be broadcast on WMUK radio next week. It sounds like one movement will be broadcast at 10:00 am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Please spread the word to the Community Chorus, participating Choruses, and friends!