Music Ensembles


The Performing Arts at KCC will celebrate 60 years of music making during the 2016/2017 season! Kellogg Community College’s music area has five choral opportunities, two theatrical ensembles and two instrumental ensembles. In addition to the ensembles, KCC offers student and community members individualized music lessons in voice and instrumental music, monthly master classes, guest artist recital series and events, student and faculty recitals, small instrumental ensembles and other special events. All Kellogg Community College students have the opportunity to take private music lessons in any number of instruments including piano, organ, drums, violin, flute, tuba, voice studies, guitar, trombone, trumpet, harpsichord, conducting and much more. Our students receive rigorous instruction from a team of professional music division faculty who prepares them for performance in studio seminars, recitals, academic and professional auditions or for self-enrichment purposes. To obtain additional information on any of our music program opportunities, contact the music area coordinator, Dr. Gerald J. Blanchard at 269-965-3931 ext. 2566 or email him at

About our Ensembles


Kellogg Community College Choral Union

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The choirs of Kellogg Community College have performed throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts. The KCC Choral Union has performed at major venues throughout the US, Ireland and Italy. The ensemble regularly collaborates with major musical organizations such as the Sacred Music Festival in Kalamazoo, The Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, Haydn Festival Orchestra and the Monroe Community Chorale and Symphony. Summer 2014, the KCC Choral Union returned to Europe giving performances throughout the Amalfi Coast and Rome. Although no college credit is currently available at this time, the KCC Choral Union (also known as the Touring Choir) is open to any current member of one of the three residential choirs (Branch County Community Chorus, Kellogg Singers or Concentus Vocal Ensemble) at Kellogg Community College.

Director: Dr. Gerald Blanchard
Accompanist: Nancy Brown


Women’s Chorus (MUSI 103/C)

WomenofKCC A combined student and faculty/staff choir that rehearses two hours a week. They sing music for women’s voices from all eras, from medieval chants to contemporary music, spirituals, and world music. This wonderful and fun group is open to everyone from beginners to experienced choral musicians. No audition required, just a love for singing.

Director: Dr. Gerald J. Blanchard


Branch County Community Chorus (MUSI 104/C)

BCCCA non-auditioned, mixed ensemble whose members are drawn from Coldwater and the surrounding area. This ensemble seeks to explore repertoire not accessible to the average church choir. A wide range of choral music is prepared for performance in the Branch County area. If you enjoy singing and are looking for a congenial atmosphere to experience challenging choral literature this is the choir for you! Everyone is welcome in this ensemble which can be taken for enrichment or for academic credit. You may register online or visit the Grahl Center to register.

Director: Dr. Gerald J. Blanchard
Accompanist: Nancy Brown


Kellogg Singers (MUSI 105/C)

Kellogg SingersThis is a non-auditioned, mixed ensemble based out of the Davidson building on the main KCC campus. The Kellogg Singers prepare high level choral music for performances on the KCC campus and in the community. A effort is made to expose the members to “need to know songs” from every style in choral music repertoire. Music from Renaissance Madrigals to Spirituals, Baroque masterworks to music of living composers, and everything in between will be presented in concert. Everyone is welcome in this ensemble which can be taken for enrichment as well as for credit.

Director: Dr. Gerald J. Blanchard
Accompanist: Nancy Brown


Concentus Vocal Ensemble (MUSI 109/C)Concentus Vocal Ensemble

Concentus Vocal Ensemble A small vocal group which specializes in repertoire written for advanced small ensemble singing. The group consists of singers who are selected through the annual choral audition process in the spring and fall of each academic year. Concentus repertoire focuses on madrigals, chanson, lied and a variety of vocal works from the musical theatre and show choir genre. You must be a registered member of the Kellogg Singers for audition/membership.

Director: Dr. Gerald J. Blanchard
Accompanist: Cynthia Fillmore-Garn


Music Theater Ensemble

Music and Theatre An enjoyable way to expand your musical and theatrical horizons, music theater at KCC is open to anyone in the community. Both lead roles and chorus parts are available during the run of each musical in the spring semester. Although no college credit is currently available at this time, the music theater ensemble is a fun way to enjoy new experiences and meet new people. Come join us!

Stage Director: Brad Poer
Musical Director: Dr. Gerald J. Blanchard


Concert Band (MUSI 160)

ConcertBandKCC/CMS Concert Band is coordinated through the Community Music School. The ensemble is dedicated to the performance of fine instrumental concert literature. The aesthetic aspect of the music is stressed and special emphasis is placed on musical style. This ensemble presents concerts on campus and in the surrounding community.

Director: Laura Hirleman


Jazz Band (MUSI 161/C)

KCC Jazz Band The Jazz Band affords students the opportunity to develop performance skills in contemporary and traditional jazz music. Performances are presented on campus and in the community and will include music from all areas of jazz and various rock idioms.

Director: Tom Lockwood


Opera Workshop (MUSI 297)

KCC Opera Workshop

The Opera Workshop (MUSI 297) introduces all aspects of the art form to its participants, including acting, vocal technique, language and stage movement. Other areas of focus include audition techniques, scene study, musical collaboration and much, much, more. Recent Opera Workshop presentations have included works such as “Trial by Jury” (Gilbert/Sullivan), “Dido and Aeneas” (Henry Purcell), “The Marriage of Figaro” (W. A. Mozart), “The Student Prince” (Sigmund Romberg) and “Die Fledermaus” (Johann Strauss).

Director: Dr. Gerald J. Blanchard
Accompanist: Paula Krontz-Harris 


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