KCC Music Scholarship applications due March 29, auditions to be held April 3

Applications for Kellogg Community College Music Scholarships for the 2024-25 academic year are due Friday, March 29.

KCC Music Scholarships are performance-based scholarships that vary in size from $100 to $1,000 or more, depending on the scholarship, and are available through the KCC Foundation to current KCC students and high school seniors planning to attend KCC who exhibit outstanding vocal or instrumental promise.

In addition to applying, vocalists and musicians interested in applying for a KCC Music Scholarship must also complete an in-person audition.

Auditions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, and must be scheduled in advance by contacting Director of Vocal Arts and Music Program Area Coordinator Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard at 269-565-7859 or case-blanchardg@kellogg.edu. Alternative dates may be schedule for those who can’t audition at this time, but the audition must be completed before the April 3 deadline.

Applicants must fill out the KCC Foundation Scholarship Application at kellogg.academicworks.com and the KCC Music Scholarship Audition Application at https://forms.office.com/r/RhLxdzGNxZ. Applications must be submitted on or before the audition date.

Audition Requirements

Audition requirements for voice or instrumental students are as follows.

  • Voice: Two contrasting songs. Ideally one classical art song or aria in a foreign language and one song in English (classical or musical theatre). However, both selections may be in English and do not require memorization.
  • Brass: Two contrasting musical selections, which will successfully demonstrate abilities including phrasing, rhythm, sound, technique, lyrical playing, articulation, musical style and fundamental musicianship.
  • Piano/Harpsichord or Organ: Two pieces from different stylistic periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, 20th-21st Century, Contemporary, etc.)
  • Strings: Two or three contrasting pieces that offer opportunity for expressive content, technical achievement and a variety of musical styles.

Live-audition students may bring their own accompanist or request a staff accompanist for a $10 fee due at the time of service. Individuals requesting an accompanist should email their musical score and contact information to Cynthia Garn at cynleegarn8@gmail.com at least one week in advance of the scheduled audition date.

Available KCC Music Scholarships

The following KCC Music Scholarships are available for the 2023-24 academic year:

  • Edward Zentera Music Man Scholarship: The Edward Zentera Music Man Scholarship is awarded to a student studying music, preferably brass instruments, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 who resides in the KCC service area and exhibits financial need.
  • KCC Music Department Scholarship: The KCC Music Department Scholarship is awarded to a student studying music, upon recommendation from the Music Department faculty based on auditions.
  • Rincόn-McCaleb Family Scholarship: The Rincόn-McCaleb Family Scholarship is awarded to students who are studying language, creative writing, music, foreign language or reading who reside in Battle Creek, Albion or Athens who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  • William Brown Memorial Scholarship: The William Brown Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student studying music, preferably guitar, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

All KCC Music Scholarship recipients are required to take applied lessons on the audition instrument for at least one credit or participate in one of the major music ensembles (band or choir). The scholarship funds are designated for music course support, be it lessons, ensembles or a general music course.

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