Done and done and DONE! Exercise the body and voice as it makes a difference.

Well, just completed my workout and I am beat. But, I am so glad that I’ve been consistent with my workout routine. I hate and love the process simultaneously. Go figure. Now I need to hit that 70,000 step mark for the week and I’m good. The journey continues. As a singer, we exercise the voice. However the body and our overall fitness make a huge difference in our ability to sing. So, exercising is important to remain both vocally and physically fit!


Many Choirs, One Voice!


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KCC, Union City choirs to collaborate for "Many Choirs" concert April 9

BATTLE CREEK, March 28, 2016 — Kellogg Community College’s Branch County Community Chorus will join forces with the Union City Community Chorale next month to present a joint vocal concert in April.
The choirs will present "Many Choirs, One Voice: A Celebration of the Choral Arts" beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 27 E. Chicago St., Coldwater. Admission is free, but a freewill offering will be collected to support KCC choral music initiatives, including student scholarships.

The concert will feature a wide variety of musical selections from genres ranging from classical to musical theatre, and the program will include several selections performed by individual ensembles as well as special collaborative performances including members of participating choirs including KCC’s Choral Union, the Concentus Vocal Ensemble and the Kellogg Singers in addition to the BCCC and the UCCC.

Featured musical selections will include "Live-a-Humble" by Peter Bagley;"Consider Yourself," by Lionel Bart; "The Best of All Possible Worlds," by Leonard Bernstein; "In Song We Raise our Voices," by Dominic Dousa; "It’s a Grand Night for Singing," by Rodgers and Hammerstein; "Comic Duet for Two Cats," by Gioachino Rossini; "Lead On, O King Eternal," by Henry Smart; and many others.

All choirs will perform under the artistic direction of Dr. Gerald Blanchard, music coordinator and director of vocal music at KCC, with accompaniment from Nancy Brown and Cynthia Garn. Blanchard said the concert program will appeal to music lovers of all types.

"There is truly something for everyone at this year’s concert; the range is vast and packed with quality," Blanchard said. "I can promise you the finale of this concert will have the audience on its feet."

For more information about this event or other music programming at Kellogg Community College, contact KCC’s Arts and Communication Department at 269-965-4126 or visit

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Free choral concert in the KCC Student Center, Monday March 28th at 1pm (FREE!!!!)

Come hear some fantastic music as presented by the Kellogg Singers and Concentus Vocal Ensemble of Kellogg Community College. This free mini concert is slated for Monday, March 28th at 1 pm in the Student Center on the KCC campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Musical selections will include:
Best of All Possible Worlds (from Candide) by Bernstein
All I Ask of You (from The Phantom of the Opera) by Webber
The Geographical Fugue (for speaking chorus) by Toch
My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth by PDQ Bach
A Medley from the Broadway hit musical Les Miserables by Schonberg
O Yes! Has Any Found A Lad by Tomkins
April is in My Mistress’ Face by Morley
O What Shall I Do? by Wilbye
O Mistress Mine by Vaughan Williams
Je le vous dirai! by CertonIn These Delightful Pleasant Groves by Purcell

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: Web:

A moment of reflection: The Art of Collaboration!

9 years ago this month, the choirs of Kellogg Community College (KCC Choral Union) had their first ever choral collaboration with the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra (Michigan ‘s oldest performing professional orchestra), under the artistic leadership of maestra Anne Harrigan. Since our initial collaboration (Dreaming A World by Peter Boyer), the choir has returned several times performing in works such as Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughn Williams to our most recent collaboration on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

I too as a soloist have had the distinct pleasure of singing works such as Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth, Carmina Burana, Madama Butterfly among others with our symphony orchestra and a wide assortment of choruses from throughout our city.

The Battle Creek community is rich in musical culture through its numerous choruses (collegiate, community and high school), bands and its symphony. Heck, we even have a fabulous Community Music School program. For those who want to take lessons with or without academic credit, they can study music through KCC’s individualized lessons program. Yes, there are a plethora of opportunities right here within Battle Creek to experience music.

All of these opportunities for self expression through music are very valuable for any community, but especially one our size. But it starts early. Our youth need opportunities for personal expression through artistic exploration. Music both in the school’s curriculum (not as a side or extra curricular activity, but part of the core list of subjects) and through community programming, such as those offered through the Community Music School, headed by the incomparable, Nancy Brown.

It is through such opportunities that our youth can grow into adulthood with a since of respect for others (similar to themselves and those who are different from themselves) which fosters a spirit of collaboration and openness.

There is much sadness and strife in our world today. But when it comes to music and the art of collaboration, peace and harmony exists between persons of different beliefs, political views, orientation and the list goes on and on while making music together. Music making creates relationships which breaks down barriers. We as musicians/artists bring beauty into this world. We can make a difference in this world by starting with making a difference in our community. Let’s keep “Dreaming a World” but one filled with peace, love, respect for all and music!

Propulsive Music: The Music of Peter Boyer – Works | Dreaming a World

Collaboration is KEY!

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