Who Are We? Branch County Community Chorus
Founded in the Fall of 2001 by Deric Craig, the ensemble is a town and gown style organization which produces professional level concert performances. Dr. Gerald Blanchard became the director in 2004, and has continued the tradition of producing high quality choral music. Under his direction, the choir has greatly expanded its
repertoire to include not only the traditional classical repertoire of Bach, Handel, Mozart and others, but to now include jazz, show music, world music, spirituals, opera choruses and much more. During the 2006/07 season, the BCCC instituted its semi-annual choral touring program. Since its inception, the choir has toured both nationally and internationally, presenting concerts in Michigan, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, Indiana and Ohio. Summer 2012, the choir embarked on its inaugural European concert tour, presenting concerts in Dublin, Cork and Malahide, Ireland. Summer 2014, the choir will return to Europe, presenting concerts in Rome and cities and towns along the Amalfi Coast of Italy.
The Chorus membership finds commonality in the dedication to learning and performing history’s best choral offerings. The BCCC has something for all who love the choral arts. We are a community of folks who simply love to sing. Come join in on the fun! Visit the Kellogg Choirs’ blog site: Click here!
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10 Reasons to Join Branch County Community Chorus
- Singing with others while finding your own creative expression.
- Friendship and Fellowship.
- Meeting singers from throughout Branch, Calhoun, Barry and other counties.
- Opportunity to travel throughout the US, Canada and Europe.
- Trying new vocal techniques.
- Learning and performing a variety of choral music
- Food, lots of food with great musical friends
- Experiencing the enthusiasm and energy that erupts when singers gather.
- Singing in a variety of concert venues including large concert halls, churches etc.
- SIMPLY HAVING FUN!!!.
How to Join
There is no “formal” audition, however we do ask that you come to the first rehearsal with an open mind and a willingness to learn. We also ask that you call 269-965-3931 ext. 2566 to schedule a vocal assesment with our director, Dr. Gerald Blanchard. This assessment may occur in advance of your first rehearsal or immediately following.
In order to be considered for membership with the choir, you must do the following:
- Be accepted by the director for membership.
- Register for membership through Kellogg Community College. If you are in Coldwater area, please contact the Grahl Center campus of KCC for registration information: 517-278-3300. The registration fee is $50 per semester. When registering, please use the registration code: MUSI C104-60. If you maintain an active membership for two consecutive semesters, you may be elgible for a performing arts grant at the end of the Spring season, providing all qualifications are met.
- Be able to read music at a basic level.
- Be able to sing in tune and hold pitch independently.
- Most importantly: Have a love for music.
No prior professional experience or formal musical training is necessary.
Branch County Community Chorus Guiding Principles
- Performance of a wide variety of choral repertoire
- Build public interest in the choral arts
- Create new opportunities for performance by community members
- Inspire, Motivate and Celebrate musical fellowship among singers
- Provide performance opportunities both domestic and international
Rehearsal location: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 27 E. Chicago, Coldwater, MI
Rehearsal Time: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. every Tuesday (Sept. thru May)
The chorus accepts new singers, normally at the start of preparations for a new concert series. If you are interested in joining, please call the director Dr. Gerald J. Blanchard 269-965-3931 ext. 2566 to learn more about the Chorus and to schedule a vocal placement interview.
Any singer willing to commit to a weekly rehearsal schedule and is willing to learn is welcome to join.
Please sign in on your section attendance sheet at each rehearsal (Kellogg Community College students please sign in at the end of rehearsal). Please call 269-965-3931 ext. 2566 or email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you know that you will miss a rehearsal. Missing more than 5 rehearsals will require the Director’s permission to continue. If you often need to arrive late or leave early, please discuss your situation with the director in advance.
Need to Know Information
- Rehearsals start at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Please arrive on time, with your score and pencil ready.
- We only have a short time to prepare for our concerts, therefore there is limited talking during rehearsal. A 10 min. break will be given for the opportunity for you to fellowship. Also remember, 6:00 p.m.-6:30p.m. is a social period.
- We have a 5 minute vocal warm-up, and a 10 minute break. Members are provided with practice mp3 or web links to aid in musical preparations. You may access these items by logging onto our Facebook site Facebook Site — you are expected to practice outside of rehearsals to learn your parts.
If you cannot attend a rehearsal, please call 269-965-3931 ext. 2566, or send us an email at email@example.com.
Dr. Gerald Blanchard, Artistic Director
Nancy Brown, Principal Accompanist
Martha Watson, Communications Specialist
Lucinda Wakeman, Uniform Coordinator
Music Librarian: Kenneth C. Hunley, student worker