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

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