About Kellogg Community College’s Musical Ensembles

Join the Branch County Community Chorus today!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KCC’s Branch County Community Chorus accepting new singers for 19th concert season

BATTLE CREEK, Aug. 24, 2019 — Kellogg Community College’s Branch County Community Chorus is accepting new members for its upcoming 2019-20 concert season. 

Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard, professor of vocal music and music area coordinator at KCC, who will be directing the BCCC for his 16th season this year, said the choir is committed to providing amateur singers “a stimulating opportunity to improve their musical skills while performing and having a great time with fellow music lovers.”

No audition is required to join the BCCC. Singers interested in joining can simply attend the first rehearsal at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 27 E. Chicago St. in Coldwater.

In addition to attending regular rehearsals from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays from September through May at St. Mark’s, the choir typically presents a holiday concert each fall in Coldwater and a spring concert each April in Battle Creek.

“Our members come from a wide variety of backgrounds including musical, social, religious and economic. However there is one thing that binds us all together, and that is our love for the choral arts,” Case-Blanchard said. “It has always been our mission to sing beautiful choral literature and to bring more beauty into the world.”

While there is no formal audition process required to join the BCCC, prospective choir members are asked to meet with the director for a vocal assessment prior to the start of the rehearsal process. This is merely a vocal placement assessment to insure that each singer is in the correct voicing.

Case-Blanchard said there are openings available in all voice parts, but there is a particular need for basses and tenors.

Individuals interested in joining the BCCC may do so for personal enrichment or academic credit. For more information about registering to join the BCCC, contact KCC’s Grahl Center campus in Coldwater at 517-278-3300.

For additional information and assistance, please contact the choir’s communication coordinator, Martha Watson, at aunthoot@gmail.com or visit http://www.kellogg.edu/branch. For more information about the group in general, contact Case-Blanchard at blanchardg@kellogg.edu.

Performing arts grants may be available to those who have participated in the choir for two consecutive semesters and who have met all requirements.

Upcoming BCCC Concert Schedule

Event 1: Sounds of the Season 2019: “O Wondrous Joy & Christmas Magic”

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 27 E. Chicago St., Coldwater

Admission: Freewill donation

The Branch County Community Chorus Presents “O Wondrous Joy & Christmas Magic,” featuring the choirs of Kellogg Community College and special guest artists. This event is a fundraiser for the choir’s 2020 Canadian Concert Tour.

Event 2: Singing in the Spring 2020: “A Musical Odyssey: Journey through the Ages”

3 p.m. Sunday, April 19

First Presbyterian Church, 111 Capital Ave. NE, Battle Creek

Admission: Freewill donation

Featuring the choirs of Kellogg Community College and special guest artists. This event is a fundraiser for the choir’s 2020 Canadian Concert Tour.

Event 3: Night at the Davidson: A KCC Music Gala & Fundraising Event

7 p.m. Saturday, April 25 

Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center, 450 North Ave., Battle Creek

Admission: Tickets required; available via the KCC Foundation at 269-965-4161

Featuring KCC music faculty, students, choirs and bands. This event is a fundraiser for the choir’s 2020 Canadian Concert Tour and other KCC Music initiatives, sponsored by the KCC Foundation.

Event 4: Michigan/Canada Choir Tour

Sunday, May 17, through Saturday, May 23

Locations: Sturgis; Dundas, Hamilton, Niagara Falls and Toronto, Ontario, Canada

About the Branch County Community Chorus

The Branch County Community Chorus, established in the fall of the 2001-02 academic year, is a “town and gown” ensemble that produces high-level concert performances. Membership is open to anyone who wishes to sing with the group. Under the leadership of Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard, who became BCCC director in 2004, the choir greatly expanded its repertoire to include not only the traditional classical repertoire (including works by Bach, Handel, Mozart and others), but jazz, show music, world music, spirituals, opera choruses and much more. During its 2006-07 concert season, the BCCC began a semi-annual choral touring program. The choir has since toured nationally and internationally, presenting concerts in the U.S. in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin. In the summer of 2012, the BCCC embarked on its inaugural European concert tour, presenting concerts in Cork, Dublin and Malahide in Ireland. The choir returned to Europe in the summer of 2014, presenting concerts in towns and cities along the Amalfi Coast of Italy. In the summer of 2020, the choir will present concerts in Hamilton, Niagara Falls and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

– # –

About Kellogg Community College

Kellogg Community College, founded in 1956, serves approximately 8,400 students annually via five campuses, customized training and online coursework. The College offers 59 pre-professional transfer curricula; 35 associate degree programs; 28 certificate programs; six categories of professional certifications; and a variety of short-term, non-credit courses.

     

     

http://www.kellogg.edu

Media contact

Eric Greene

269-966-4088

greenee@kellogg.edu

Kellogg Community College

450 North Ave.

 Battle Creek MI 49017

SafeUnsubscribe™ Blanc1g@yahoo.com

Forward this email 

Update Profile

About our service provider

Sent by thalmanns@kellogg.edu in collaboration with

Find Your Creative Voice with us!


Download Attachment

Available until Sep 22, 2019

Come to KCC and find your best creative musical self in a nurturing and supportive environment. For more detail, visit us online at www.kellogg.edu/music!

We offer a wide variety of music courses including:

Choirs
Bands
Individualized music lessons
Opera workshop
Music appreciation classes
Music theory courses
Aural comprehension courses
Piano class
Voice class
And so much more! Call and register today!

Click to DownloadIMG_2978.MOV
0 bytes

Be the star you have always dreamt of being!

Greetings Battle Creek area singers, KCC Opera Workshop Auditions are quickly approaching. Warm up those pipes, find your best song and sign up for an audition time. Auditions will take place in the Davidson Building.

See link for specifics. All voices are welcomed.

“Hansel and Gretel” opera auditions are Aug. 30 at KCC

“Hansel and Gretel” opera auditions are Aug. 30 at KCC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“Hansel and Gretel” opera auditions are Aug. 30 at KCC

BATTLE CREEK, Aug. 7, 2019 — Auditions for seven roles in the Kellogg Community College Opera Workshop Ensemble’s presentation of “Hansel and Gretel” will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 30 in the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center auditorium on campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.

The roles are open to students and the public who are 16 years old or older. Those accepted must register for the MUSI C297-01 course at KCC. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

Roles include:

• Peter, father (baritone)

• Gertrude, his wife (mezzo

• Hansel, child of Peter (mezzo/tenor)

• Gretel, child of Peter (soprano)

• The Witch (soprano or tenor)

• Sandman, sleep fairy (soprano or tenor)

• Dewman, dawn fairy (soprano)

Those auditioning should prepare a classical song in any language that best demonstrates vocal and dramatic abilities. It’s also recommended they bring their own accompanist; if a KCC accompanist is needed, email audition materials to Cynthia Garn at cynleegarn8@gmail.com on or before Aug. 23.

Rehearsals for “Hansel and Gretel” will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Sept. 5 through Dec. 13, with an occasional weekend as needed. The show will run Dec. 13 and 14.

“Hansel and Gretel,” by Englebert Humperdinck, is based on the classic Grimm fairytale and premiered in Weimar, Germany, in 1893. It tells the three-act story of two children sent into a forest on an errand where they encounter a house made of gingerbread and candy. Soon they find themselves trapped by a witch and trying to avoid being cooked and eaten.

To schedule an audition, call 269-565-7859. For more information about KCC music programming, visit http://www.kellogg.edu/music.

Pictured above is the cast of KCC’s 2016 Opera Workshop production “Snow White: The Opera.”

– # –

About Kellogg Community College

Kellogg Community College, founded in 1956, serves approximately 8,400 students annually via five campuses, customized training and online coursework. The College offers 59 pre-professional transfer curricula; 35 associate degree programs; 28 certificate programs; six categories of professional certifications; and a variety of short-term, non-credit courses.

      

http://www.kellogg.edu

Media contact

Eric Greene

269-966-4088

greenee@kellogg.edu

PERFORMING ARTS @ KCC

PERFORMING ARTS @ KCC

Your place for up-to-date event notification and information!

Choirs Bands Opera Musical Theater Guest Artist Events and more!

AUGUST 2019

KCC VOCAL MUSIC EVENT

KCC Opera Workshop Ensemble Auditions

“Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck

Friday, August 30, 7:00-8:30pm

Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center

450 North Ave. Battle Creek

Call (269) 565-7859 for additional information and to schedule your audition time.

Performance Dates:

Friday, December 13, 7:30pm

Saturday, December 14, 7:30pm

Elizabeth H. Binda Performing Arts Center Theatre, 450 North Ave. Battle Creek

Fast Facts

Hansel & Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel)

Opera in three acts (Sung in English)

Music by Engelbert Humperdinck

Libretto by Adelheid Wette, based on the Grimm fairy tale

Premiered in Weimar, 1893

Auditions for Hansel and Gretel, by Humperdinck

English Translation by Constance Bache (Schirmer)

Roles:

Peter, father/broom-maker               Baritone

Gertrude, his wife                             Mezzo

Hansel (child of Peter)                      Mezzo/Tenor

Gretel (child of Peter)                       Soprano

The Witch                                         Soprano or Tenor

Sandman (sleep fairy)                      Soprano or Tenor

Dewman (dawn fairy)                       Soprano

 

Auditions are open to students and non-students alike and will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, in the auditorium of the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center on campus at 450 North Avenue.

There are a variety of roles available for women and men 16 years of age and older; singers selected for roles in the production will rehearse from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays from Sept. 5 until the public presentation of the opera Dec. 13 and 14.

Individuals interested in auditioning should prepare a classical song in any language that demonstrates their vocal and dramatic abilities. An accompanist will be available, though singers are encouraged to bring their own if possible. Performers who wish to use KCC’s accompanist should email their audition materials to Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard at blanchardg@kellogg.edu on or before Friday, Aug. 23.

Individuals accepted for principal roles in the ensemble must register for the KCC course MUSI C297-01. There are a limited number of need based scholarships. KCC Opera Workshop is designed to provide opportunity to those who are interested in developing their vocal and performance skills.

 

http://www.kellogg.edu/music

Signup today!

https://forms.gle/obBxHWTPxXvFdCRu9

You prefer a hard copy of the season schedule? Email your request to Blanchardg@kellogg.edu or call us at (269) 565-7859.

 

Our mailing address is:

Kellogg Community College

Performing Arts Area

450 North Ave.

Battle Creek, MI

KCC’s 13th annual Singing in the Spring 2019 Choral Concert

Rehearsal Photos

Kellogg Community College choirs and soloists rehearsing for the upcoming 2019 Singing in the Spring Choral Concert.” Join us tomorrow at the First Presbyterian Church, 111 Capital ave. NE, Battle Creek at 3:00 pm. Admission is Free will donation, and all are welcome!

Guest soloists:

Betty Picard, soprano

Jackie King, mezzo-soprano

Mark Wells, tenor

Joel Snyder, bass-baritone

Katharine Cary, organist