Music Faculty

Gerald BlanchardDr. Gerald Blanchard, Music Area Coordinator (voice)
Email: blanchardg@kellogg.edu
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Office: D228C (Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building)
Phone: (269) 965-3931 ext. 2566

Gerald J. Blanchard, baritone, vocal director and music area coordinator at Kellogg Community College, holds a BS in Music Education from West Chester University’s School of Music in Pennsylvania,  MM in Vocal Performance from Central Michigan University’s School of Music and the DMA degree in Voice Performance from Michigan State University’s College of Music.

A native of Philadelphia, Blanchard has concertized throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. He is featured on several commercial recordings including the solo album “With a Song in My Heart” on Blue Griffin Records and The Requiem Mass in D minor (K. 626) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, under the artistic direction of maestro Charles Burke and the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra on Orchestra Hall Records. Blanchard has held his current position at KCC since 2004. He recently served on the voice faculties of the University of Michigan-Flint, Adrian College, Lansing Community College and the Michigan State University Community Music School, and was the director of youth choral activities and voice faculty at the Darlington Fine Arts Center.

Among his many awards and recognitions, Blanchard was a first-place winner in the Opera Memphis/University of Memphis National Singers Search auditions in summer 2000. He is also a Gil Rau Choral Scholar, a King/Chavez/Parks Fellow and was awarded the 2001 Classical Division winner prize in the inaugural vocal competition sponsored by the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra of Michigan. Dr. Blanchard formerly served on the board of directors for the Michigan chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

 

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APPLIED LESSON INSTRUCTORS

Betty Picard, soprano (voice)
EMAIL: PicardB@kellogg.edu
OFFICE:: D228F Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Betty Picard

Betty Picard, voice

Betty Picard, is a coloratura soprano.  She earned her B.A. in Education at Hope College, her B.M. in Vocal Performance at Washburn University, and an M.M. in Vocal Performance at Michigan State University.  Ms. Picard has appeared as a soloist for Kellogg Community College in works by Schubert, Bach, and Mozart among others. She has performed throughout the United States and was a frequent soloist for the Topeka Opera Society during her tenure in Kansas and a guest soloist with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra.  She has collaborated with her husband Dr. Tom Picard in lecture/recitals on the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cole Porter.   Ms. Picard also teaches classes in the fine arts for Harper Creek Community Schools.  Her CD, Still, Still, Still:  Christmas Lullabies for All Ages was recorded with Earthstar Studio.

 

Carmen Bell, soprano (voice/Music 141 and Music 100)
EMAIL: carmenlknox@yahoo.com
OFFICE:: D228F Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

A singer performs during KCC's annual Singing in the Spring concert.

Carmen Bell, voice

Carmen Bell, Soprano, Hailed for her dramatic and passionate performances has been thrilling audiences across the country.  Ms. Bell joined the KCC music faculty as vocal instructor fall 2012, where she teaches applied voice lessons. She received the Masters of Music degree in voice from Eastern Michigan University, where she studied with Dr. Emory Stephens.  She also received the Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Western Michigan University, where her primary instructors were Dr. Carl J. Ratner and Dr. Monica Griffin.  In addition, she has coached with Susan B. Anthony, Joyce Farwell, Thomas Jaber, Glenda Kirkland and Dr. Joe Miller.

Ms. Bell has taught private voice at Marshall’s Music Co. since 2002.   She has collaborated with Kathy Mulay at Portage Central High School where she previously taught applied voice.  She was accepted and attended the Davidson College Vocal Symposium. Ms. Bell’s operatic experience includes the roles of Miss Todd in Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief, La Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, as well as performances in Le Nozze di Figaro, The Tender Land, Cosi fan tutte, and La Traviata.  She is currently studying the roles of Serena in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and Lucy in Poulenc’s La Voix humaine.  As a soprano soloist, she has been featured in Handel’s Messiah among other major works.  KCC audiences first got to hear Ms. Bell as a guest artist in the Spring of 2009 Guest Artist Master Class and Recital Series where she performed a specialized program of art songs and spirituals associated with well-known African American women singers.

 

Dr. Mark Wells, tenor (voice/theory/aural comprehension/piano)
EMAIL: wellsm@kellogg.edu
OFFICE:: D228F Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Dr. Mark Wells, tenor Voice/keyboard faculty Music Theory/Aurals

Dr. Mark Wells, tenor
Voice/keyboard faculty
Music Theory/Aurals

Dr. Mark Wells, is an adjunct instructor of Music Theory, Piano,
and Voice (tenor) at KCC, having served on the faculty since 2007.  A native of Kentucky, he received his musical education from the University Of Louisville School Of Music and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  He is the Music Director of St. Philip Catholic Church in Battle Creek.  Mark is the founder and director of the chamber vocal ensemble, Ars Voce.  He is currently the Dean of the Southwest Michigan Chapter of the American guild of Organists.

 

Katharine Cary, piano (piano class and organ)
EMAIL: caryk@cbpu.com
OFFICE:: D228F Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Faculty Artist

Katharine Cary
Keyboard Faculty

Katharine Cary, pianist and organist is a graduate of Adrian College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and piano major; a Master of Arts from Western Michigan University with emphasis in Teaching in the Community College and pipe organ performance. Kathy has taught music in the Sturgis and Burr Oak Public Schools, at Glen Oaks Community College, and was Director of Music at the former Keyboard Center in Sturgis, MI.
Since fall, 2002, Kathy has served as adjunct music instructor at Kellogg Community College in the areas of class piano instruction, studio class instructor in piano and organ, former accompanist for the Branch County Community Chorus (2002-2012) and accompanist for faculty recitals and concerts. Kathy also serves as organist/accompanist and interim choir director for the Sturgis First United Methodist Church in Sturgis, MI. In addition to her many academic performances and activities, she also has performed with Phoenix Big Band and continues to perform for weddings and private parties. Kathy resides in Coldwater and has two adult children and three granddaughters.

 

Paula Krontz-Harris, piano (collaborative piano/staff accompanist)
EMAIL: paulakrontz@yahoo.com
OFFICE:: D228F Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Paula Harris, staff accompanist

Paula Harris, staff accompanist

Paula Krontz-Harris holds the Associates of Art degree from Kellogg Community College and a Bachelors of Music degree from Spring Arbor University in Worship Arts/Music Performance. Although she began her formal musical education at KCC, she would later transfer to Western Michigan University to continue her academic studies. Her musical mentors have included Catherine Adams, Susan Lawrence, Phyllis Rappaport, Lori Sims and most recently Audrajean Heydenburg. Mrs. Harris has been on the KCC music faculty since 2002.

 

Pamela “Elle” Ingalls, violin
EMAIL: ingallstar@sbcglobal.net
OFFICE:: D228F Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Elle Ingalls

Elle Ingalls, violin

Elle Ingalls, A native of Concord, New Hampshire, Pamela Starrett Ingalls was a violin student of Nancy Harrison Cole during her youth. At the age of twelve, she performed in concert with an adult string quartet, and by the end of high school had won numerous local competitions and awards. She holds three degrees from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor of Musical Arts with emphasis in Music Theory, Violin Performance, and French; a Master of Music; and a Master of Business Administration. She studied violin with Paul Makanowitzky, Jacob Krachmalnick, and Gustav Rosseels, and conducting with Gustav Meier and Carl St. Clair. Ms. Ingalls was the first woman to be accepted into the University of Michigan’s Orchestral Conducting Program. She also studied violin with Elizabeth Holborn at Interlochen Arts Academy as a full-scholarship chamber orchestra member. While working on her MBA, she wrote a formal paper on Stakeholder Analysis of the Symphony Orchestra as part of a Corporate Strategy Independent Study under Dr. Stuart Hart. In addition to her studies, she was a member of the University of Michigan Rowing Club’s Women’s Varsity Eight for three seasons.
In April of 2010, Ms. Ingalls founded Pressure-Free Living, a business dedicated to sharing a ground-breaking method of stress-reduction and published her first e-book co-written with Peter Ingalls: Stress Free: The 10-Second Solution – Simple Steps for Health, Happiness and Peak Performance.

 

Nancy Brown, staff accompanist
EMAIL: nbrown@musiccenterscmi.com
OFFICE:: Music Center of South Central Michigan

Staff accompanist

Nancy Brown, staff accompanist

Nancy Brown, pianist and accompanist has earned the Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University, with a double major in piano performance and composition. She is pianist, organist, and choir director at Wakeshma Community Church near Athens, Michigan. For several years, Nancy accompanied and directed the choral ensembles of Battle Creek’s SHARE, a home school support group, and now accompanies Union City Community Chorale and the Kellogg Singers. Nancy has been Director of Community Music School since 2001.

 

Paul Freeburn, guitar
EMAIL: pfburn@yahoo.com
OFFICE:: D228F Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building
Paul Freeburn
Paul Freeburn, a native of Battle Creek, MI. has been a successful working musician for over 35 years. Spending time in the U.S.N. 6TH FLEET SINGERS & 6TH FLEET JAZZ BAND (1974-1976) where he toured extensively throughout Canada and the United States. In 1998, Paul founded THE FREEBURN SCHOOL OF MUSIC which continues its mission of providing quality musical education to all. Spring 2009, Mr. Freeburn joined the adjunct music faculty at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek. Mr. Freeburn continues to perform throughout Michigan.

 

Sara Cleland, piano (Music Appreciation)
EMAIL: clelands@kellogg.edu
OFFICE:: D228F Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

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Sara Cleland, pianist is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music.  She is the accompanist for the Battle Creek Community Chorus, Girls Chorus, and Boy Choir.   Sara has also been the pianist at Garrison Hills Wesleyan Church for the past 15 years.

 

Eric Campbell, trumpet
EMAIL: eric24824@me.com
OFFICE:: D228F Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Eric Campbell

Eric Campbell, trumpet

Eric Campbell, a Battle Creek native and active Freelance Trumpeter for the past 20 years. Founding member of the Cereal City Brass Company. Currently playing with the “Up The Creek” Jazz Band, lead Trumpet with the Lew Boyd Big Band as well as many other groups and performs in all genres from Renaissance through Jazz. Studied Trumpet with Arthur Gorman, Ed Zentera and Bill Knevitt. Winner of Excellence in Performance at the 2014 Elmhurst Jazz Festival with the KCC Jazz Band.

 

Stephen Johnkoski, trombone and euphonium (Music Appreciation)
EMAIL: johnkoskis@kellogg.edu
OFFICE:: D228F Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Stephen Jonkoski, trombone

Stephen Johnkoski, trombone and euphonium

Stephen Johnkoski teaches the trombone/euphonium studio, along with music appreciation, history, and sociology classes at Kellogg Community College.
Mr. Johnkoski is currently in his thirty-fifth year as a member of the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra.  He is the founder and member of the Lingua Brass Quintet and the Bone Road, a trombone quartet.   Both groups perform throughout the area for concerts, weddings and school outreach.  Stephen also maintains a private studio and coaches brass chamber groups preparing for MSBOA festivals.  He has been an educator for thirty-seven years in area schools and is active in many civic and arts organizations. While a student at Michigan State University, Mr. Johnkoski performed in the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and the Spartan Marching Band.  He is a participant in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity as an alumnus, as well as The College Music Society and National Association of Music Education.
Mr. Johnkoski earned his degrees from Michigan State University.  He holds a B.A. in psychology and a B.A. and M.A. in teaching fine arts and social sciences.

 

Laura Hirleman, clarinet/sax (Fundamentals of Music)
EMAIL: hirlemanl@kellogg.edu OFFICE:: D228F Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

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Laura Hirleman is a Battle Creek area native. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Western Michigan University. While at WMU, Laura was a member of the Bronco Marching Band, the WMU Symphonic Band and Sigma Alpha Iota, professional music fraternity for women. Ms. Hirleman is currently in her eighth year as Director of Bands for the Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools. She currently teaches 3rd and 4th grade general music and 5th -8th grade band for St. Joseph Elementary and Middle School and high school band (marching and concert) and music theory for St. Philip Catholic Central. Ms. Hirleman is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music Education at Vandercook College of music in Chicago, Illinois. She has been an adjunct faculty member for Kellogg Community College for 12 years teaching applied clarinet, applied saxophone and Fundamentals of Music. In addition, Ms. Hirleman is in her 3rd year as Director of Bands for the KCC/CMS Concert Band. She has also served as assistant conductor of the Cereal City Concert Band and performs with local concert bands and ensembles on clarinet and saxophone.

 

Janet Channells, French Horne
EMAIL: janet.channells@sbcglobal.net
OFFICE:: D228F Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Janet

Janet Channells, French Horne

About Janet Channells
Education: Music education studies from Western Michigan University.
Performance Experience: Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Concert Band, Lingua Brass Quintet, and the Kalamazoo Philharmonia.  Janet also works with French horn students through Gull Lake Schools.

 

Robert Mulligan, percussion (Spanish Faculty)
EMAIL: mulliganr@kellogg.edu
OFFICE:: D228D Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building        PHONE: EXT. 2287

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Percussion: Drum set and various drums

Robert Mulligan is a percussionist and instructor of Spanish at Kellogg Community College. While in graduate school at Indiana University he performed with The IU Latin American Percussion Ensemble and Latin Big Band. In addition to Jim Cooper’s band, he also has performed with Marcos Cavalcante of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Andrew Lázaro’s Caribe Breeze, Amandla Ugetsi, Orquesta Ayé and many others. Robert also gives presentations at high schools and universities pertaining to Afro-Caribbean music and culture.

 

INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE DIRECTORS

Tom Lockwood,KCC Jazz Band
EMAIL: Lwoodjazz@aol.com
OFFICE:: D228F Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

TomLockwood

Jazz Band, director

Tom Lockwood is a versatile musician. Holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Western Michigan University in jazz studies and a Master of Arts Degree (also from WMU) in woodwinds and performance, Tom plays bass, saxophone, clarinet, and flute.  Tom plays for the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra the Steve Talaga Trio, the Kalamazoo Big Band, End Times Orchestra, and Grupo Aye, among others. He has taught saxophone and/or jazz bass at Hope College, Aquinas College, and Grand Valley State University. He currently directs the Kellogg Community College Jazz Band.

 

Laura Hirleman, clarinet/sax (Fundamentals of Music) and CMS Concert Band
EMAIL: hirlemanl@kellogg.edu
OFFICE:: D228F Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Hirleman

KCC/CMS CONCERT BAND

Laura Hirleman is a Battle Creek area native. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Western Michigan University. While at WMU, Laura was a member of the Bronco Marching Band, the WMU Symphonic Band and Sigma Alpha Iota, professional music fraternity for women. Ms. Hirleman is currently in her eighth year as Director of Bands for the Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools. She currently teaches 3rd and 4th grade general music and 5th -8th grade band for St. Joseph Elementary and Middle School and high school band (marching and concert) and music theory for St. Philip Catholic Central. Ms. Hirleman is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music Education at Vandercook College of music in Chicago, Illinois. She has been an adjunct faculty member for Kellogg Community College for 12 years teaching applied clarinet, applied saxophone and Fundamentals of Music. In addition, Ms. Hirleman is in her 3rd year as Director of Bands for the KCC/CMS Concert Band. She has also served as assistant conductor of the Cereal City Concert Band and performs with local concert bands and ensembles on clarinet and saxophone.

 

Dr. Samuel Mcllhagga, Cereal City Concert Band
EMAIL: smcilhagga@albion.edu
OFFICE:: D228F Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Dr. Samuel McIlhagga

Dr. Samuel McIlhagga, Cereal City Concert Band

Dr. Samuel McIlhagga, is associate professor of music, and director of bands at Albion College where he directs the “British Eighth” marching band and symphonic band in addition to teaching courses in honors, popular music, music as a creative process, and instrumental music education. McIlhagga is also director of the Cereal City Concert Band, a Kellogg Community College affiliate community band based in Battle Creek. A native of Michigan, McIlhagga has taught in the public schools and also at the collegiate level since 1993. He earned his M.M. in Wind Conducting (1993) from Northwestern University studying with John P. Paynter and earned his Ph.D. in Music Education (2006) from the University of Minnesota studying conducting with Craig Kirchhoff. McIlhagga began his career as director of bands at Grand Valley State University, his alma mater, in 1993. In 1994 he served as visiting professor and director of bands at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio where his wind symphony performed at the OMEA state conference in 1995. McIlhagga and the community bands also worked closely with composer/conductors Dr. Timothy Mahr and Dr. Andrew Boysen, Jr. through the “Composer-In-Residence” Concert Series. McIlhagga went on to become band director at Sparta High School in Sparta, Michigan, a position he held for five years (1996-2001). While at Sparta, he developed a strong band program earning superior ratings for both concert and marching ensembles at the district and state level.

 

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