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The Department of Music at Cowley constantly strives for excellence, and there are many opportunities for students to experience the magic of making music. Serious music students receive outstanding instruction in music theory, ear training/sight singing, and individual lessons. This quality instruction enables these students to successfully transfer to any four-year institution.
Vocal music opportunities include two auditioned performance groups. Students must be a member of the Cowley Concert Choir in order to audition for a spot in the prestigious Cowley College Singers, which have established themselves as a highly visible and entertaining performance ensemble. The Cowley Concert Choir rehearses two days a week, and the Cowley College Singers have three rehearsals a week. The educational focus for both performing groups encompasses a wide range of vocal literature and each group performs on campus as well as at many other venues throughout the state. Vocal students also have an opportunity to participate in Cowley’s large scale, professional -quality stage musical, which is produced each school year.
Music is an extremely important force at Cowley College and the gifted music faculty, each in their own right an accomplished artist, is dedicated to providing students the highest quality education possible. Many awards and honors have been received by the Cowley Music Department throughout the years and the Concert Choir received one of the state’s highest awards by being selected to perform in the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) annual convention at Century II in February of 2002 and then again in 2005. On April 27, 2003 the Choir performed with the Kansas State University Concert Choir at Carnegie Hall in New York City and in the spring of 2007, four vocal students were selected by audition to perform in the ”Two-Year College Honor Choir” at the National American Choral Directors Convention held in Miami, Florida.
The Vocal Music Department also has a rich history of being an advocate for the arts throughout the community and surrounding area. In the spring of 2009 the Concert Choir performed with the Winfield Oratorio Society for their Fifty-ninth performance of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” and in previous years, students within the Concert Choir have also had the opportunity to sing in a Community Chorus of approximately 50 members ranging from 16-80 years of age for the area Prairie Fest Celebration and in a scholarship benefit concert for Cowley music students.
Students interested in continuing their love of singing will definitely find a program to suit their needs at Cowley College! Participation opportunities include large and small groups, individual lessons and classes in music theory. A wide range and variety of music allows the student many opportunities to perform on and off campus, as well as in events across the state.
The C.C. Singers are a highly visible and very entertaining performance ensemble. Students must be a member of the Concert Choir in order to audition for this very prestigious group and auditions are held at the beginning of every fall semester. The C.C. Singers perform many times throughout the year on and off campus and plan a tour each spring.
The Cowley Concert Choir is featured throughout the year at concerts held on campus and is a vital part of the Cowley Visual and Performaing Arts Department.Transfer Options
The Music Program at Cowley has established transfer articulation agreements with most four-year colleges and universities. This is designed to give the music major a solid background in all of the core music classes, enabling the student to successfully transfer to a four-year institution.Financial Assistance
Students may audition for a vocal music scholarship. Scholarships are available to both in and out of state students! This scholarship can include up to full tuition and books, up to 18 credit hours per semester. A live audition must be set up through the Director of Vocal Music. Students must fill out an application form and also submit two letters of reference.
Several special scholarships are available for those in the music program such as the Fostine Moncrief Scholarship, which offers several wards to music majors with stipends ranging from $100-$500 per year, and the Arkansas City Music and Dramatics Club Scholarship, which offers four scholarships of $300 (renewable) to both music majors and non-majors in the music program. Highly competitive auditions are held in the fall for each of these scholarships.
Music majors also are encouraged to apply for other types of grants or loans through government student aid programs that are offered at Cowley.
Director of Vocal Music
Office: Brown Center, Room 218
Vocal Music Instructor