Music Faculty

Gerald BlanchardDr. Gerald Case- Blanchard, Music Area Coordinator

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

Gerald J. Case-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, a 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, Dr. Case-Blanchard has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Canada. He is featured on several commercial recordings including his solo album debut With a Song in My Heart on Blue Griffin Records, I Can Tell The World, Live with the Earl Nelson Singers, 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. Dr. Case-Blanchard has held his current position at KCC since 2004. Dr. Case-Blanchard recently served on the voice faculties at 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 and children’s chorus director at the Suburban Community Music School in Media, PA.

Among his many awards and recognition, Dr. Case-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. Case-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 Case-Blanchard, baritone (voice)
Music Area Coordinator

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


Betty Picard, soprano (voice)

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)

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)

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)

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.


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

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

Office: D228F – Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building



Nancy Brown, staff accompanist

Office: D228F – Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Nancy Brown

Nancy Brown holds a 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. Nancy is former director/accompanist for Union City Community Chorale. She currently accompanies the Kellogg Singers and Branch County Community Chorus of Kellogg Community College. Nancy is the former director of Community Music School from 2001-2016.  Nancy currently works for the Gull Lake Partnership, helping to facilitate collaboration between area homeschooling families, community experts, and Gull Lake Community Schools.

Instrumental Faculty – Instrumental Music at KCC


Pamela “Elle” Ingalls, violin

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, electric guitar/bass guitar

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. Kathryne Salo, flute

Office: D228F – Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building

Dr. Kathryne Salo, instructor of flute, joined the KCC faculty in fall 2018. She performs as Principal Flute of Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Piccoloist of Lansing Symphony Orchestra, in addition to teaching at Ada Conservatory of Music. She completed her
DMA at Michigan State University in 2017, where she served as Instructor of Flute that summer. A Louisiana native, Kathryne has performed in venues from New Orleans Arena to Royal Festival Hall to St. John’s, Smith Square, with musicians including Pablo Heras-Casado, Ellis Marsalis, Frederick Fennell, and Sir Colin Davis.  As a soloist, Kathryne has performed with the MSU Symphony, the University of Tennessee Symphony, and Monroe (LA) Symphony. She has freelanced with Knoxville Symphony, Oak Ridge (TN) Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, Jackson (MI) Symphony, Holland (MI)  Symphony, and London Arts Orchestra. Orchestral festival experience includes the Texas Music Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, Pierre Monteux Music Festival, and Aurora Chamber Music Festival (Trollhättan, Sweden). Kathryne has also won awards in the Ervin Monroe Young Artist Competition (Detroit, MI, 2018, 2016, 2014), Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition (Houston, TX, 2016), and MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Competition (New York
City, 2012).

With an LRAM teaching diploma and four years spent as a graduate teaching assistant, Kathryne
has a passion for flute pedagogy. In 2017, she presented several lectures: The Art of the Vocalise:
Flutist as Singer and Edgar Varèse’s Density 21.5 and Chou-Wen-Chung’s Cursive: The
Dynamism of Culture. In 2018, she presented a workshop at the National Flute Association
Annual Convention, based on The Art of Vocalise. Kathryne also earned degrees from the
University of Tennessee, the Royal Academy of Music, and Louisiana State University. Major
teachers include Richard Sherman, Shelley Binder, Clare Southworth, Michael Cox, Patricia
Morris, Katherine Kemler, and Patti Adams. She is a Theodore Presser Scholar, National Merit
Scholar, and Sousa Band Award winner. Visit for more information.


Charles West, low brass

Office: D228F – Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building


Chase West is the instructor of low brass at Kellogg Community College. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in trombone performance at Western Michigan University. Prior to moving to Michigan, Chase was a band director at Saraland High School in Saraland, Alabama. He also worked as a freelance trombonist in the lower Alabama and Mississippi Gulf Coast area, regularly playing trombone in the City Rhythm Big Band and theatre productions, as well as being a founding member of the Gulf Coast Trombone Choir and the Port City Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble.

Chase is currently studying trombone with Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger at Western Michigan University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 2014 from the University of South Alabama. He studied euphonium with Dr. Will Petersen and Dr. Greg Gruner, with additional studies on trombone with Dr. Greg Gruner.


Laura Hirleman, clarinet/sax

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

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)

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

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.