Faculty and staff from the Kellogg Community College Music Program invite the public to explore the program’s offerings at an open house this month on campus.
KCC’s Music Open House will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, in the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center, located on the south side of campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek. The event is free and open to the public.
Open house attendees will have opportunity to meet several members of KCC’s Music Program faculty, hear live performances by faculty and students and partake of light refreshments.
KCC Music Area Coordinator and Director of Vocal Music Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard said the event will be informative and fun for all.
“We wish to welcome all who are interested in learning more about what KCC has to offer,” Case-Blanchard said.
KCC’s Arts and Communication Department offers a robust Music Program including an Associate of Arts degree with a music concentration and certificates in Music Enrichment and Sacred Music. Additional music opportunities for students and community members offered through the College include individualized voice and instrument lessons, master classes, student recitals, an annual Opera Workshop, the KCC Jazz Band, the KCC/CMS Concert Band and other music initiatives, including youth performance camps.
The College also host three residential choirs, including the Branch County Community Chorus, the Concentus Vocal Ensemble and the Kellogg Singers, which perform together as the KCC Choral Union. In addition to performing regularly in its home state of Michigan, the Choral Union has performed nationally at major venues in Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and performed international concert tours of Ireland and Italy in 2012 and 2014, respectively. KCC choirs have opened for several internationally renowned musicians, including Grammy Award-winning musical groups Take 6 and Sweet Honey in the Rock, and regularly collaborate with major musical organizations including the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, the Haydn Festival Orchestra, the Monroe Community Chorale and Symphony and the Sacred Music Festival of Kalamazoo.