Faculty Artist Recital Series: “If it ain’t Baroque, don’t fix it!”

Faculty Artist Recital Series: “If it ain’t Baroque, don’t fix it!”
3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24
Davidson Visual and performing Arts Center Auditorium
A musical tour de force of the great works by baroque composers
Admission: Free-will contribution…

The Cereal City Brass Company is an eclectic brass quintet that plays a wide variety of music genres. The group is typically a brass quintet though it can be any arrangement of players needed for a given performance. Eric Campbell, KCC trumpet faculty leads this ensemble of local musicians.

Carmen Bell, Soprano, Hailed for her dramatic and passionate performances has been thrilling audiences across the country. Ms. Bell joined the KCC music faculty as vocal instructor fall 2012, where she teaches applied voice lessons. She received the Masters of Music degree in voice from Eastern Michigan University, where she studied with Dr. Emory Stephens. She also received the Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Western Michigan University, where her primary instructors were Dr. Carl J. Ratner and Dr. Monica Griffin. In addition, she has coached with Susan B. Anthony, Joyce Farwell, Thomas Jaber, Glenda Kirkland and Dr. Joe Miller.
Ms. Bell has taught private voice at Marshall’s Music Co. since 2002. She has collaborated with Kathy Mulay at Portage Central High School where she previously taught applied voice. She was accepted and attended the Davidson College Vocal Symposium. Ms. Bell’s operatic experience includes the roles of Miss Todd in Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief, La Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, as well as performances in Le Nozze di Figaro, The Tender Land, Cosi fan tutte, and La Traviata. She is currently studying the roles of Serena in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and Lucy in Poulenc’s La Voix humaine. As a soprano soloist, she has been featured in Handel’s Messiah among other major works. KCC audiences first got to hear Ms. Bell as a guest artist in the Spring of 2009 Guest Artist Master Class and Recital Series where she performed a specialized program of art songs and spirituals associated with well-known African American women singers.

Dr. GERALD BLANCHARD, Lyric baritone is a native of Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Critics have described Mr. Blanchard’s voice as… “Dynamic and virtuosic…”rich and expressive.”
Among his many awards and recognitions, Gerald was a first place winner in the Opera Memphis/University of Memphis National Singer’s Search auditions, where he worked with Metropolitan Opera baritone, Sherrill Milnes . He is also a Gil Rau Choral Scholar, a King/Chavez/Parks Fellow and was a “2001” Classical Division winner in the inaugural vocal competition sponsored by the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Blanchard has made appearances with numerous opera companies and music festivals throughout North America including the Grand Teton Music Festival Opera (Wyoming), Lake Afton Early Music Festival (Pennsylvania), Opera Delaware, Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), Dorian Opera Theatre (Iowa), Music Society of Midland (Michigan), Central Michigan Opera Works, The Delaware Humanities Forum Players, Kennett Symphony (Pennsylvania), Lansing, Battle Creek, Adrian, Flint and Midland Symphony orchestras, Michigan State Opera Theatre, and BCV Performing Artist Opera and Concert Artists of which he is founder and Artistic Director.

Dr. Blanchard has concertized throughout US, Canada and Europe. Most recently he was a featured performer at the Kirchentag Festival in Bremen Germany. Other performances have included recitals and guest appearances in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and in Dublin, Ireland. He has been heard on NPR stations through the US and Canada. Blanchard has earned degrees in music education, voice and conducting. He received the DMA from Michigan State University’s College of Music. Currently he serves as the Director of Vocal Music and Music Coordinator at Kellogg Community College, a position he has held since 2004.
Nancy Brown, pianist and accompanist has earned the Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University, with a double major in piano performance and composition. She is pianist, organist, and choir director at Wakeshma Community Church near Athens, Michigan. For several years, Nancy accompanied and directed the choral ensembles of Battle Creek’s SHARE, a home school support group, and now accompanies Union City Community Chorale, The Branch County Community Chorus and the Kellogg Singers. Nancy has been Director of the Community Music School since 2001.

Eric Campbell, trumpet, is a local Free-Lance Trumpet Player and KCC faculty (trumpet) instructor. He studied trumpet with the late Professor Arthur Gorman (KCC retired) and Bill Knevitt from the University of Michigan. He currently plays lead trumpet with the Lew Boyd Big Band and Otsego Jazz Ensemble and lead his own group, the Cereal City Brass Company. Mr. Campbell joined the KCC music faculty Spring 2012.

Kathy Cary, pianist and organist is a graduate of Adrian College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and piano major; a Master of Arts from Western Michigan University with emphasis in Teaching in the Community College and pipe organ performance. Kathy has taught music in the Sturgis and Burr Oak Public Schools, at Glen Oaks Community College, and was Director of Music at the former Keyboard Center in Sturgis, MI.

Since fall, 2002, Kathy has served as adjunct music instructor at Kellogg Community College in the areas of class piano instruction, studio class instructor in piano and organ, and accompanist for the Branch County Community Chorus (an affiliate of KCC Vocal Music Dept.) and accompanist for faculty recitals and concerts. Kathy also serves as organist/accompanist for the Sturgis First United Methodist Church in Sturgis, Mi. Kathy also has performed with Phoenix Big Band and playing for weddings and private parties. Kathy resides in Coldwater and has two grown children and three granddaughters.

Sara Cleland, pianist teaches applied piano lessons at Kellogg Community College, a position she has held since 2007. In addition to the applied lessons, she also teaches several sections of the music appreciation courses the college offers. When not instructing or teaching lessons, she is often sought out by local musicians to accompany a variety of programs in both the middle and high school. She earned the Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana Wesleyan University where she studied keyboard pedagogy and performance.

Paula Krontz- Harris, pianist, formerly served as the Director of Worship at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. In addition to many organizational duties, Paula directed the traditional choir and the CHUM Praise team. She plays both the piano and the organ, writes original music and orchestrations for various instruments for a variety of ensembles. Music has always been a part of Paula’s life and is like second nature to her. She has been a church musician since the age of 12 and a professional musician since the age of 14, and has taught private piano for over 22 years. Seven of those years were spent teaching for the Community Music School of the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, as well as maintaining a successful home studio for five years. Paula’s musical career has also allowed her to accompany in many different venues. Some of the groups she has worked include: the Battle Creek Pops Ensemble of the Community Chorus, Battle Creek Civic Theatre, Kellogg Community College, Harper Creek, Penfield, and Battle Creek Central High Schools as well as some junior high schools. She currently teaches applied piano and collaborative piano at Kellogg Community College. In addition to her teaching duties, she also serves as staff accompanist. Paula holds an Associates in Arts degree from Kellogg Community College and the Bachelor of Music degree from Spring Arbor University in Worship Arts/Music Performance. Mrs. Harris’s principal teachers have included Catherine Adams, Susan Lawrence, Phyllis Rappaport, Lori Sims and most recently Audrajean Heydenburg.

Elle Ingalls, violinist is CEO and founder of Pressure-Free Living, training groups and individuals in her on-the-go stress management method. She holds three degrees from the University of Michigan, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Musical Arts. She was the first woman accepted to the Orchestral Conducting program there. Elle was Executive Director of the Battle Creek Symphony, co-founder of the Community Music School, Conductor of the Battle Creek Youth Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Ann Arbor Symphony and the National Arts Chamber Orchestra, and Marketing Director of the Kalamazoo Symphony. She has performed as a section violinist in many orchestras throughout Michigan. She teaches strings at Kellogg Community College.
Quote: “If I could only pick one piece of music to play for the rest of my life, it would be this one movement from Telemann. It contains so much beauty and expression.”

Betty Picard, coloratura soprano, earned a B.A. in Education at Hope College, and later a degree in Vocal Performance at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. She completed a Master’s degree in vocal performance at Michigan State University in Lansing. Ms. Picard currently teaches music for Harper Creek Community Schools and is an adjunct professor of voice at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek. Ms. Picard has performed throughout the United States and Europe. She was a frequent soloist for the Topeka Opera Society during her tenure in Kansas and a guest soloist with the Topeka Symphony. She and her husband, Dr. Tom Picard, recently presented a lecture/recital on Cole Porter at the Creativity and Madness Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her CD, “Still, Still, Still: Christmas Lullabies for All Ages” is available at www.earthstarrecordings.com.

Barbara Sudeikis, mezzo soprano, currently serves as the chair of the Arts and Communication department at Kellogg Community College. Although she is not on the voice faculty, she is a regular contributor to the vocal arts area concerts and recitals. Most recently she sang on the 2012 annual Schubertiade and has sang mezzo roles with the KCC Choral Union. Her musical background is expansive and varied. Most will know her from the numerous theatrical productions she has participated both in the Kalamazoo area and Battle Creek. She holds a music degree from Western Michigan University.

Victoria Walker, soprano, has performed extensively in the United States and Europe in opera, oratorio and art song. She has appeared as a soloist with the Montreal Symphony, as well as the Lansing, Jackson, Saginaw, Battle Creek, Keewenaw and Michigan State University Symphony Orchestras. She has also been a featured soloist with the Jackson Chorale, MSU Collegium Orchestra, University Chorale, Concert Band and Wind Symphony. Her operatic roles include Rosina (Barber of Seville), Norina (Don Pasquale), Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief), Countess (Marriage of Figaro), and Pamina (Magic Flute) and The Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors). Equally at home on the oratorio stage, Ms. Walker has been heard as soloist in Messiah (Handel), Carmina Burana (Orff), St. John and St. Matthew Passion (Bach), B Minor Mass (Bach), Christmas Oratorio (Saint Saens), Gloria (Poulenc) and both the Rutter and Mozart Requiem. Ms. Walker has performed in Austria in conjunction with the American Institute of Musical Studies, and was named the youngest Laureate in the 1989 International Concours de Musique held in Montreal, Quebec. For the past sixteen years, Ms. Walker has been on the voice faculty at Alma College for twenty years, maintaining a full studio of students and teaching courses in Class Voice, Vocal and Choral Pedagogy and Opera Workshop. An alumna of Michigan State University and the Eastman School of Music, Ms. Walker continues to be a highly sought after soloist and recitalist.

Dr. Mark Wells, tenor, received his Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Master of Music degrees from the University of Louisville, School of Music. He teaches voice and piano for KCC and the Music Center of South Central Michigan. Dr. Wells is the keyboardist for the Battle Creek Symphony and conducts the acapella choral ensemble, Ars Voce. He has appeared in regional AGO conventions and in Kalamazoo’s ‘Bach around the Block’ organ performances. Mark is active as a conductor, tenor soloist, organist, and pianist, and performs throughout Michigan and beyond. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Currently he serves as voice faculty at KCC a position he has held since 2007.

ABOUT THE CHOIRS @ Kellogg Community College
Kellogg Community College offers a wide variety of performance opportunities in a number of different ensembles. The groups are large enough to provide the resources for excellent performing opportunities, yet small enough so that everyone receives the individual attention necessary for maximum growth. The Kellogg Singers, Branch County Community Chorus, Concentus Vocal Ensemble, and the Kellogg Community College Opera Workshop Ensemble are all part of the college’s curriculum. Other performance opportunities include the KCC Choral Union as well as studio classes and recitals that allow performances each week throughout the semester.

The choirs of Kellogg Community College have performed throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts. The KCC Choral Union has opened at Miller Auditorium for the Grammy Award winning ensembles Take 6 and Sweet Honey in the Rock. The choir has collaborated with such organizations as the Kalamazoo Festival of Sacred Music, Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, Monroe Symphony and Community Chorale, Hayden Festival Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, The Battle Creek Community Chorus, the Chancel Choirs of First Presbyterian Church of Lansing and Holt, among others. Most recently, the KCC Choral Union had its European debut, presenting concerts throughout Ireland. Performances took place at some of the country’s most prestigious and beautiful venues including the Cork Cathedral and Saint’ Ann’s in Dublin City. Summer 2014, the KCC Choral Union will return to Europe, with scheduled appearances throughout the Amalfi Coast of Italy.

Dr. Gerald J. Blanchard
Director of Vocal Arts Area and 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/performart