Join us on Nov. 8 for Voice Fest at the Community Music School


The Community Music School (CMS) and parent organization, The Music Center, are pleased to announce their very first VoiceFest. The theme for the event is “Find Your Voice” and that’s exactly what will be happening on Saturday, November 8th, from 1pm to 5pm, through a celebration of vocal music with workshops, clinics, and performances with CMS faculty and special guests Dr. Gerald Blanchard, director of choral activities at Kellogg Community College (KCC) and Dr. Diana Spradling, vocal instructor and leader to award winning groups and singers throughout the U.S. and abroad.

“We are excited to be able to bring this caliber of instruction to CMS’s first VoiceFest and we encourage anyone with an interest in singing to join in the fun and learning this day will offer,” stated CMS Director Nancy Brown. Sessions being held this day include: Musical Theater I and II, I Wanna Be A Rich and Famous Musician!, Take a Lesson, Off the Top of Your Head: Harmonizing and Improvisation, Blending In, Jazz Masterclass, Classical/Sacred Masterclass, and Beat Boxing.

Cost of VoiceFest is only $10/person.To register, call 269.963.1911 ext. 2585 or, you can register at the door the day of the event (opening at 12:15pm) at The Music Center, located in the Davidson Building on the KCC campus at 450 North Avenue, Battle Creek, Michigan.

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Whether you are a beginning singer or advanced, there will be something for you at VoiceFest! Come to participate, or come just to listen and observe. Intended for ages 10 all through adult.

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Critics have described Dr. Gerald Blanchard’s voice as… “dynamic and virtuosic…”rich and expressive.” Among his many awards and recognitions, Dr. Blanchard was a first place winner in the Opera Memphis/University of Memphis National Singer’s Search auditions, where he worked with Metropolitan Opera baritone, Mr. Sherrill Milnes.


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Diana Spradling has devoted the last 4 decades to vocal solo and ensemble music education. After 10 years of teaching at the middle school, high school and community college levels, she taught for 13 years on the music faculty at Syracuse University, and 16 years at Western Michigan University.

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