Press release: GRCC Music Department showcases student talent with ‘Musical Moods’



Kathy Mullins

Executive Deputy to the President and Board Liaison


March 12, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Community College is showcasing its instrumental and vocal talent to raise money for scholarships with its 65th annual Musical Moods concert on April 19.

The concert will feature performances by top students in the Music Department at GRCC, one of only 24 community colleges in the country to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The annual concert is a fundraiser for the Albert P. Smith Endowment for Music Education.

“Moods” begins at 7 p.m. in the St. Cecilia Music Center’s Royce Auditorium. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. They are available at the door or by calling (616) 234-3940. The GRCC Alumni Association is offering a special price to its members; contact Erin Cisler at (616) 234-3931.

Professor Kevin J. Dobreff, head of the Music Department, said this year’s concert will be in an exciting, streamlined “collage” format.

“Some of our ensembles will combine their performance,” Professor Dobreff said. “We’re excited about our new layout allowing for smoother transitions. We know it will be a refreshing and moving experience for our audience.”

Graduates of GRCC’s Music Department transfer across Michigan and to nationally recognized universities and conservatories throughout the country. “Moods” is an opportunity to see students in the early stages of their career command the stage and explore their talent, just as these successful graduates did:

  • Dr. Amanda Quist, who conducts the Westminster Chapel Choir and Westminster Kantorei and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting at Westminster Choir College.
  • Mark Jackson, music director for the Grand Rapids-based Vocal Music Workshop.
  • Greg Wells, Grand Rapids Northview High School band director and member of the Truth in Jazz Orchestra.
  • Troy Anderson, Kelloggsville High School band director.
  • Jonathan Kladder, director of middle school bands, Grand Rapids Christian Schools.
  • Nick Hosford and Lisa Kacos, founding members of local touring rock group The Outer Vibe and GRCC adjunct instructors.
  • Jonathan Marshall, music entrepreneur and GRCC adjunct instructor.
  • Brian Morris, composer, classical guitarist, vocalist and GRCC music professor.
  • Tim Heldt, woodwind specialist, master recording engineer and GRCC Recording Technology professor.

GRCC is the only community college in Michigan to offer the Associate in Music Degree, with emphasis in Music Education, Performance, Music Merchandising and Recording Technology. This fall, the department is offering two new courses: World Drumming and Introduction to Music Business.

The Albert P. Smith Scholarship is named for the former chairman of the GRCC Fine and Performing Arts Division. It is awarded to music majors who are studying voice. The department awards more than $10,000 in music scholarships to both music majors and non-majors.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.