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Kellogg Community College’s Branch County Community Chorus is seeking new members for the 2015-2016 concert season.
Open calls for the choir will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, September 1, 8 and 15, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 27 E. Chicago St., Coldwater Michigan. There is no formal audition process and no need to prepare music in advance, however prospective choir members must register for the ensemble at KCC’s Grahl Center, 125 Seeley St., Coldwater or on the web at http://www.kellogg.edu/music.
The open call process for those interested in joining the BCCC will include a brief vocal placement assessment and interview with Dr. Gerald Blanchard, vocal music director and music coordinator at KCC. Blanchard said anyone interested in singing — with or without previous experience — is invited to join. “We are a community of folks who simply love the art of choral music.”
“The 22-plus member ensemble is made up of community members and students performing choral works from various periods and genres,” Blanchard said. “Members have a variety of musical backgrounds, which range from having very little formal music training to those who have degrees in music.”
For the upcoming season, Blanchard said the ensemble is in particular need of lower voices — basses and tenors — but that openings are available in all vocal areas. If you don’t sing but wish to participate, you may join the choir as a volunteer usher.
“Come lend your talents to this fine group of dedicated community singers,” Blanchard said. “There is place for you in the Branch County Community Chorus!”
The choir’s 2015/16 season — the BCCC’s 15th season and Blanchard’s 11th as the choir’s director — will include performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in collaboration with the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra and their choruses on November 14th in Battle Creek. In addition to Beethoven’s grand work, the chorus will present its annual Sounds of the Season holiday concert on Dec. 5. The Spring will be even more exciting as the choir will join forces with the Kellogg Singers and travel the East Coast giving performances in Rhode Island, New York (at Carnegie Hall) and in Connecticut. For more information about registering for the BCCC, contact KCC’s Grahl Center at 517-278-3300. Individuals with questions about the BCCC or who are interested in financial assistance to cover the cost of registration can contact Blanchard at firstname.lastname@example.org.