KCC to host free Registration Open House July 18 in Battle Creek


Be certain to drop by the Performing Arts tables. We are fun and will have candy and other goodies to share. You will also be able to sign up online for our special events notifications, learn about our expansive 2015/2016 concert schedule in addition to receiving information on our many course offerings including individualized music lessons, theater, opera, choirs and bands. So, come check us out!

If you can’t attend but want to learn of our many offerings, visit us online at http://www.kellogg.edu/music

KCC receives gift from Woman’s League of Battle Creek



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KCC receives gift from Woman’s League of Battle Creek
Dr. Gerald Blanchard, far right, of Kellogg Community College, accepts a monetary gift from the Woman’s League of Battle Creek.
BATTLE CREEK, July 2, 2015 — Kellogg Community College’s Music Department is pleased to accept a gift in the amount of $5,000 from the Woman’s League of Battle Creek to be used toward the cost of refurbishing the department’s pianos. Assisted by the KCC Foundation, the Music Department, under the direction of Dr. Gerald Blanchard, reached out to the members of the Woman’s League based on their deep interest and appreciation for education and the arts.

Recently, the College held a reception for members of the Woman’s League and the College’s Music Department in the newly renovated Binda Performing Arts Center lobby.

“I am extremely grateful to the Woman’s League for their generosity in assisting us with our piano refurbishing project,” Blanchard said. “Their gift provides us an opportunity to improve our musical equipment for the betterment of student education.”

For more information about KCC’s Music Department, call 269-965-4126 or visit www.kellogg.edu/music. To inquire about making a gift to KCC, contact the KCC Foundation at 269-965-4161.

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Kellogg Community College, founded in 1956, serves approximately 12,700 students annually on five campuses and through its Lifelong Learning and customized training programs.
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Kellogg Community College Musical Arts Area Program Overview


Kellogg Community College Musical Arts Area Program Overview

Register today, visit us online at Music – Kellogg Community College for information!

Music – Kellogg Community CollegeMUSIC @ KCC! …Where Creativity Meets Passion! The music curriculum at Kellogg Community College is designed …
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KCC’s musical arts program area provides it’s participants with a solid background in music theory, history and performance, as well as the opportunity to participate in a variety of KCC vocal and or instrumental ensembles. In addition to performance opportunities, all classes, lessons, and ensembles are open to all KCC students regardless of academic major. All of the performance ensembles including KCC’s Opera Workshop are open to members of the surrounding community. Many of our music classes also fulfill the creativity/fine arts elective requirement.

Applied Music@ KCC: Individualized Music Study

The Music Program area at KCC offers individualized lessons in voice, piano, organ, harpsichord, conducting, guitar, and most orchestral instruments at all levels. An additional fee is attached to the weekly lessons, taught by professional artist performers. Lessons are open to all students regardless of major. Lessons are offered for academic credit or non-credit. See website for details.


Performing groups at Kellogg Community College include the Branch County Community Chorus, Kellogg Singers, Concentus Vocal Ensemble, KCC Opera Workshop, KCC Choral Union, KCC/CMS Concert Band, KCC Jazz Band. We also offer performance opportunities with our music affiliate; The Cereal City Concert Band.

Additional performance opportunities are available in the following areas:

Guitar Ensemble, Collaborative Piano, Brass, woodwind and String ensembles. Cereal City Concert Band, Concentus Vocal Ensemble and KCC Opera Workshop are by audition only. For all other ensembles, students and community members may register with placement auditions occurring during the first week of rehearsals.

For more information, see the Music website at blanchardg or (269) 965-3931 ext. 2566

Dr. Gerald J. Blanchard

Director of Vocal Arts/ Music Area Coordinator
Conductor, Branch County Community Chorus
Kellogg Community College
450 North Ave. Battle Creek, MI 49017
(269) 965-3931 Ext. 2566
Email: blanchardg@kellogg.edu
Web: http://www.kellogg.edu/music

Branch County Community Chorus News!

BCC Chorus News!

SUMMER PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES with the newly formed Branch County Community Chorus Outreach Choir:

Throughout the summer months (May through August) Summer 2015 an extension group was formed to allow those members of the BCCC to continue to participate in specialized community focused events. Any current registered member of the BCCC may join the summer choir. There is no charge to participate in the summer chorus, but you must have been a registered member of the BCCC the previous Spring session. Please note that the choir will also do special run out performances (where a smaller ensemble would be more appropriate) throughout the academic year. This is our community outreach wing of the Branch County Community Chorus.

It’s registration time!

See the “How to Join” section below for the registration process. However in the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please send us an email at Information Request.

How to Join

There is no “formal” audition, however we do ask that you come to the first rehearsal with an open mind and a willingness to learn. We also ask that you call 269-965-3931 ext. 2566 to schedule a vocal assessment with our director, Dr. Gerald Blanchard. This assessment may occur in advance of your first rehearsal or immediately following.

In order to be considered for membership with the choir, you must do the following:

  1. Be accepted by the director for membership.
  2. Register for membership through Kellogg Community College. If you are in Coldwater area, please contact the Grahl Center campus of KCC for registration information: 517-278-3300. The registration fee is $50 per semester. When registering, please use the registration code: MUSI C104-60. If you maintain an active membership for two consecutive semesters, you may be eligible for a performing arts grant at the end of the Spring season, providing all qualifications are met.
  3. Be able to read music at a basic level.
  4. Be able to sing in tune and hold pitch independently.
  5. Most importantly: Have a love for music.

No prior professional experience or formal musical training is necessary.

Branch County Community Chorus will begin the start of its14th season this coming September 1, 2015.

The choirs will begin its 2015/2016 season with a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony! Yes, this will happen on November 14th in the 2,000 seat W.K. Kellogg Auditorium with other college and community choirs all led by maestra Anne Harrigan and the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra. What a way to kickoff our 14th season. Other performances will include our annual Sounds of the Season Christmas concert at St. Mark’s in Coldwater. Looking ahead to the spring, our main focus will be on preparations for the 2016 East Coast concert tour which will include a four day residency at NYC’s Carnegie Hall. Additional performances will take place at the historic St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport Rhode Island and the First Congregational Church in Old Greenwhich Connecticut. Yes, there is much to look forward to during our upcoming season. So, get registered, share the news with your friends and family and let’s get ready to make beautiful music this season.

~Dr. Gerald J. Blanchard

Dr. Gerald J. Blanchard
Director of Vocal Arts/ Music Area Coordinator
Conductor, Branch County Community Chorus
Kellogg Community College
450 North Ave. Battle Creek, MI 49017
(269) 965-3931 Ext. 2566
Email: blanchardg@kellogg.edu
Web: http://www.kellogg.edu/music

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