About Kellogg Community College’s Musical Ensembles

We continue to be so proud of our music alumni.

Hey folks, this is one of my former voice students (Eric Frost) who is currently studying voice at MSU’s College of Music. I am so proud of his continued progress. Eric keep up the fine work you are doing.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/m95xuk17cmrz5mw/2019-01-27%20Lin%208%20let%20envy.mp4?dl=0

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Communitywide Hymn & Spiritual Sing-Along is Feb. 3 at KCC

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Communitywide Hymn & Spiritual Sing-Along is Feb. 3 at KCC

BATTLE CREEK, Jan. 22, 2019 — Kellogg Community College’s Sacred Music Certificate Program will celebrate Black History Month by hosting a Community-wide Hymn & Spiritual Sing-Along in February.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin promptly at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, in the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center Auditorium on KCC’s campus at 450 North Ave. in Battle Creek. A freewill offering will be collected to support future music initiatives at the College.

The Sing-Along event will be conducted by KCC Vocal Arts Director Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard, who will lead the audience in singing traditional Christian hymns and African-American spirituals favored across a variety of denominations. KCC faculty pianists Nancy Brown and Kathy Cary will accompany on the piano in addition to performing special music.

Hymnals with lyrics and music will be provided as community members are given the chance to sing a wide variety of selections, ranging from classic traditional to contemporary Christian worship songs. Selections might include:

• Songs including “Amazing Grace,” “Because He Lives,” “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” “Lift High the Cross” and “The Old Rugged Cross”

• African-American spirituals including “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit,” “Go, Tell It on the Mountain,” “Let Us Break Bread Together,” “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” “Standing in the Need of Prayer” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” among a host of other selected works

• Contemporary congregational hymns including “Give Thanks,” “How Majestic Is Your Name” and “Shine, Jesus, Shine”

In addition to pre-selected hymns and spirituals, audience members will have opportunity to call out their favorites from the audience. This year’s theme is “Let Us Break Bread Together.”

The event is one of more than half a dozen major community events taking place during the month of February at KCC to celebrate Black History Month, which include a dance class, live musical performances, the College’s annual Soul Food Lunch and more.

For more information about the Community-wide Hymn & Spiritual Sing-Along, contact KCC’s Arts and Communication Department at 269-965-4126. For more information about additional Black History Month events at KCC, contact KCC’s Student Life office at 269-565-2634 or studentlife@kellogg.edu.

KCC’s Sacred Music Certificate Program

KCC’s Community-wide Hymn & Spiritual Sing-Along is one of several music events and initiatives hosted by KCC students and faculty each year that tie into music programming at the College, which includes a Sacred Music Certificate Program.

Students who complete KCC’s Sacred Music Certificate Program are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to serve as a church choir director, music worship leader or youth music leader. The program can also help current choir directors from non-choral backgrounds enhance their job performance and satisfaction.

For more information about KCC’s Sacred Music Certificate Program and other music credentials offered at KCC, visit http://www.kellogg.edu/music.

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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.

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Singers invited to join KCC’s Branch County Community Chorus 

BATTLE CREEK, Jan. 8, 2019 — Kellogg Community College’s Branch County Community Chorus is accepting new members for the Spring 2019 concert season.

Singers interested in joining the BCCC can attend the first rehearsal at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 27 E. Chicago St., Coldwater. Rehearsals will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Mark’s through May.

The BCCC ensemble, now in its 18th season, is made up of community members and students who perform choral works from various periods and genres at events throughout the academic year.

Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard, professor of vocal music and music area coordinator at KCC, conducts the BCCC and said members come from a wide variety of musical backgrounds, from those with very little formal musical training to those with advanced degrees in music.

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. 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 at 517-278-3300.

For additional information and assistance, please contact the choir’s communication coordinator, Martha Watson, at aunthoot@gmail.com or visit the chorus online at 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.

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, 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 tour in Canada.

– # http://www.kellogg.edu/Branch

Love to sing?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Singers invited to join KCC’s Branch County Community Chorus 

BATTLE CREEK, Jan. 8, 2019 — Kellogg Community College’s Branch County Community Chorus is accepting new members for the Spring 2019 concert season.

Singers interested in joining the BCCC can attend the first rehearsal at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 27 E. Chicago St., Coldwater. Rehearsals will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Mark’s through May.

The BCCC ensemble, now in its 18th season, is made up of community members and students who perform choral works from various periods and genres at events throughout the academic year.

Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard, professor of vocal music and music area coordinator at KCC, conducts the BCCC and said members come from a wide variety of musical backgrounds, from those with very little formal musical training to those with advanced degrees in music.

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. 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 at 517-278-3300.

For additional information and assistance, please contact the choir’s communication coordinator, Martha Watson, at aunthoot@gmail.com or visit the chorus online at 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.

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, 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 tour in Canada.

– # http://www.kellogg.edu/Branch

KCC OPERA WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT

KCC OPERA WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT

Now that we have concluded our Fall 2018 production of Mozart’s Opera Buffa, The Marriage of Figaro, It is now time to announce the opera for Fall 2019…The KCC Opera Workshop will present a fully staged production of Humperdinck’s magical retelling of the fairytale Hänsel and Gretel. This opera will be fully staged and supported by a small chamber orchestra and piano. The production will be sung in English.

Cast of Characters

Hansel

Gretel

The Witch

The Mother (Gertrude)

The Father (Peter)

The Sandman

The Dew Fairy

Auditions for the opera will take place in late August and will be announced here on our Facebook site and on our website at http://www.kellogg.edu/music. Additional postings will be made available on our numerous other social media platforms. Therefore, keep an eye out for performance dates and auditions.

Based on the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, Englebert Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel is a fantastical story of a young brother and sister who must navigate an enchanted forest full of twists, turns, and one wicked witch. Siblings Hansel and Gretel are poor peasants. In a major parenting fail, their mother sends them to forage for strawberries in a haunted forest. They get lost and spend the night in the woods. The next morning, they stumble upon a gingerbread house inhabited by a witch who imprisons them. It will take all their wits to escape before she eats them! Since its premiere in 1893 this beloved opera has enjoyed great success. With Humperdinck’s sweeping score, this whimsical operatic confection is sure to delight both adults and children. Hansel & Gretel is an opera which makes an equally good date night, girls’ night out, and family outing.

Synopsis provided by the Pittsburgh opera