Music Faculty

Gerald BlanchardDr. Gerald Blanchard, Music Area Coordinator (voice)

Email: blanchardg@kellogg.edu
Schedule: Spring 2017
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2017 Music Course Syllabi

Voice Studio Syllabus
Kellogg Singers Syllabus
Branch County Chorus Syllabus
Music History: MUSI 250-01

Office: D228C – Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building
Voice Studio: D206
Phone: 269-965-3931 ext. 2566

Gerald J. Blanchard, baritone, vocal director and music area coordinator at Kellogg Community College, holds a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University’s School of Music in Pennsylvania, an M.M. in Vocal Performance from Central Michigan University’s School of Music and a D.M.A. degree in Voice Performance from Michigan State University’s College of Music.

A native of Philadelphia, Blanchard has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Canada. He is featured on several commercial recordings including the solo album “With a Song in My Heart” on Blue Griffin Records, “I Can Tell The World” Live with the Earl Nelson Singers, 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. He was also 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, ALANA 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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Voice Faculty – Vocal Arts at KCC

 

Gerald BlanchardDr. Gerald Blanchard, baritone (voice)
Music Area Coordinator

Email: blanchardg@kellogg.edu
Website: Click here
Office: D228C – Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building
Phone: 269-965-3931 ext. 2566

 

Betty Picard, soprano (voice)

Email: picardb@kellogg.edu
Office: D228F – Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Betty Picard

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: bellc4@kellogg.edu
Office: D228F – Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Carmen Bell

Carmen Bell’s, soprano, hail for her dramatic and passionate performances has been thrilling audiences across the country. Ms. Bell joined the KCC music faculty as a vocal instructor in the fall of 2012, where she teaches applied voice lessons. She received a Masters of Music degree in voice from Eastern Michigan University, where she studied with Dr. Emory Stephens. She also received a 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 into 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

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.

 

Keyboard Faculty – Instrumental Music at KCC

 

Katharine Cary, piano (piano class and organ)

Email: caryk@kellogg.edu
Office: D228F – Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Katharine Cary

Katharine Cary, pianist and organist, is a graduate of Adrian College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and piano major; and 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 an 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 has also 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.

 

Sara Cleland, piano (Music Appreciation)

Email: clelands@kellogg.edu
Office: D228F – Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Sara Cleland, pianist, is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sara ClelandMusic. Mrs. Cleland joined the KCC music faculty in the fall of 2007. She is currently the accompanist for a variety of community musical organizations, including the Battle Creek Community Chorus, Girls Chorus, Boy Choir, local high schools and the KCC Opera Workshop. Her primary teaching responsibilities at KCC include applied piano and three sections of MUSI 211 (Music Appreciation). Sara has been the pianist at Garrison Hills Wesleyan Church for the past 15 years.

 

Paula Krontz-Harris, piano (collaborative piano/staff accompanist)

Email: paulakrontz@yahoo.com
Office: D228F – Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Paula Harris

Paula Krontz-Harris holds an 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.

 

Cynthia Garn, staff accompanist

Close-up of piano

Email: cynleegarn8@gmail.com
Office: D228F – Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

 

 

Nancy Brown, staff accompanist

Email: brownn@kellogg.edu
Office: D228F – Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Nancy Brown

Nancy Brown, pianist and accompanist, has earned a Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University, with a double major in piano performance and composition. She is a 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.

 

Instrumental Faculty – Instrumental Music at KCC

 

Pamela “Elle” Ingalls, violin

Email: ingallstar@sbcglobal.net
Office: D228F – Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Elle Ingalls

Elle Ingalls, a native of Concord, New Hampshire, was a violin student of Nancy Harrison Cole during her youth. At the age of 12, 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 M.B.A, 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.”

 

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. He spent time in the U.S.N. 6th Fleet Singers and 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. In the spring of 2009, Mr. Freeburn joined the adjunct music faculty at Kellogg Community College. To this day, Mr. Freeburn continues to perform throughout Michigan.

 

Dr. Marissa Olin, flute

Email: marissaolin@hotmail.com
Office: D228F – Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Dr. Marissa Olin, flute

Dr. Marissa Olin, instructor of flute, joined the KCC music faculty in spring 2015. In addition to teaching at KCC, she is a faculty member at Spring Arbor University, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School and the Michigan State University Community Music School. She also teaches at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in the summer and is an adjudicator for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association. She has performed with the Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Lansing, Jackson, West Michigan and Traverse Symphony Orchestras, in addition to being placed on the sub list of the New World Symphony. She has performed at the National Flute Association Convention and at Carnegie Hall, as well as throughout North America, Central America, Europe and Asia. Her chamber music performances can be heard on Naxos and Albany records. As a finalist for the Fulbright grant to the Netherlands, she actively pursues research on Dutch Romantic flute music. Dedicated to new music collaboration, she has performed numerous premieres and is a founding member of the ConTempus Contemporary Music Ensemble. Dr. Olin received degrees from Michigan State University (D.M.A. and M.M.) and the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music (B.M.), with additional study at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

 

Chance Trottman-Huiet, tuba

Email: chancehuiet@gmail.com
Office: D228F – Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Chance Trottman-Huiet, a Berthoud, Colorado native, received his B.M. in tuba performance from Chance HuietDePauw University and an M.M. in tuba performance from Western Michigan University. He joined the music faculty at Kellogg Community College in August of 2015. Mr. Trottman-Huiet enjoys performing with a wide variety of ensembles, ranging from symphony orchestras to brass quintets to New Orleans style jazz bands. As a soloist, Mr. Trottman-Huiet has won concerto competitions at both DePauw University and Western Michigan University, and performed the first movement of Arild Plau’s Concerto for Tuba and Strings with the DePauw Symphony Orchestra in April 2012, and John Williams’ Concerto for Tuba with the WMU Symphony Orchestra in April 2015. In addition to joining the faculty at KCC, Mr. Trottman-Huiet currently has a private teaching studio in the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek area and is pursuing a D.M.A. in tuba performance at Michigan State University.

 

Eric Campbell, trumpet

Email: campbelle@kellogg.edu
Office: D228F – Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Eric Campbell

Eric Campbell is a Battle Creek native and has been an active Freelance Trumpeter for the past 20 years. He is a founding member of the Cereal City Brass Company and is currently playing with the “Up The Creek” Jazz Band and as lead trumpet with the Lew Boyd Big Band, as well as many other groups. Campbell performs in all genres from Renaissance through Jazz. He studied trumpet with Arthur Gorman, Ed Zentera and Bill Knevitt. Campbell was the 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

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 35th 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 37 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

Email: hirlemanl@kellogg.edu
Office: D228F – Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Laura Hirleman

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, a 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, 5th – 8th grade band for St. Joseph Elementary; and middle 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 Channells

Janet Channells studied music education at Western Michigan University. She has performed with the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, the Kalamazoo Concert Band, the Lingua Brass Quintet and the Kalamazoo Philharmonia. In addition, she also works with French horn students through Gull Lake Schools.

 

 

 

Robert Mulligan, Drum Set (Spanish Faculty)

Email: mulliganr@kellogg.edu
Office: D228D – Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building
Phone: ext. 2287

Robert Mulligan

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.

 

Tom Lockwood, Jazz Sax and KCC Jazz Band

Email: lwoodjazz@aol.com
Office: D228F – Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Tom Lockwood

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 jazz bass at Hope College, Aquinas College and Grand Valley State University. He currently directs the Kellogg Community College Jazz Band.

 

Darin Schmidt, Cereal City Concert Band (Fall, 2016)

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Office: D228F – Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Darin Schmidt

Darin Schmidt earned a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from Indiana University-Bloomington, where his teachers included Ray E. Cramer and Steven Pratt. He has also studied conducting privately with Donald Schleicher, Bruce Uchimura and the late Matthew Hazelwood. Darin was Director of Instrumental Music at Lakeview High School for 14 years before accepting an administrative position. He is currently the principal of Galesburg-Augusta Middle School. Darin is also an accomplished percussionist. He studied with Gerald Carlyss (Philadelphia Orchestra, Indiana University) and Judy Moonert (Western Michigan University). He has appeared as a soloist with the Indiana University Concert Band and the Mattawan Band. He was principal percussionist of the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra during Matthew Hazelwood’s tenure and continues to perform with community bands in the greater Battle Creek area. Darin has been married to Sheri Lynn LaDuke Schmidt for 23 years. They have one daughter, Phoenix, who enjoys all things artistic. His family’s hobbies include gourmet cooking, bicycling and traveling.