Arts Outreach students perform today

Arts Outreach music program invites you to attend their Suzuki Strings performance today, June 6 at 1:00pm! Performance will be held on Calder Stage, downtown GR. Violinists ages 6-14 will perform as a group variety of repertoire, from Classical Martini’s “Gavotte” to folk songs, finishing the concert with a festive arrangement of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Suzuki Strings ensemble performed outreach performances for Pilgrim Manor, Lacks Cancer Center, the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, Meijer Heart Center, and DeVos Children’s Hospital as well as a number of area inner city schools.

GRCC Arts Outreach is a community music school accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and affiliated with the GRCC Music Department. This accreditation holds the program to a high standard of excellence in music education. Music faculty provide individual and group instruction on violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute and piano, offering both traditional and Suzuki instruction on select instruments. Courses are available from beginner to advanced levels of study and students of all ages are welcomed. The program employs twelve highly qualified instructors and serves over 100 students from the Greater Grand Rapids area. For more information about the program, please visit grcc.edu/ArtsOutreach.

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Arts Outreach presents spring concert

Arts Outreach music program invites you to attend their Suzuki Strings Spring Concert on Thursday, May 1 at 6:00pm! Performance will be held at First (Park) Congregational Church Sanctuary. Admission is free. Reception to follow. Violinists ages 4-14 will perform as a group variety of repertoire, from Classical Martini’s “Gavotte” to folk songs, finishing the concert with a festive arrangement of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Suzuki Strings ensemble performed outreach performances for Pilgrim Manor, Lacks Cancer Center, the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, Meijer Heart Center, and DeVos Children’s Hospital as well as a number of area inner city schools.

GRCC Arts Outreach is a community music school accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and affiliated with the GRCC Music Department. This accreditation holds the program to a high standard of excellence in music education. Music faculty provide individual and group instruction on violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute and piano, offering both traditional and Suzuki instruction on select instruments. Courses are available from beginner to advanced levels of study and students of all ages are welcomed. The program employs twelve highly qualified instructors and serves over 100 students from the Greater Grand Rapids area. For more information about the program, please visit grcc.edu/ArtsOutreach.

Suzuki strings

GRCC In the News, 4-28-14

High Schools Partner with GRCC to Get College Credits Early

April 25, 2014; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Godfrey Lee Public Schools, MI — Godwin Heights and Godfrey-Lee high schools have joined the trend of offering high school students a way to earn college credit right at their own schools, in a new partnership with Grand Rapids Community College.

Change Ups: EMT deemed a star

April 18, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Grand Rapids Community College announced the following students are award recipients for their leadership skills, academic excellence and campus involvement: Arielle Brown, Cedric and Sandy Ward Leadership Award; Yolanda Cruz-Olguin, Benham Service and Civic Engagement Award; Todd Johnson, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award; and Rafael Pastrano, Brian Kloet Campus Involvement Award.

Junior Valentine has rhythm-happy musical gumbo

April 24, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Over a career spanning more than two dozen years, Junior Valentine has played countless gigs with a bevy of bands steeped in R&B, blues and rock, taught guitar, bass and ukulele to more than 400 students and toured the country.

… A chance encounter with young, progressive bluegrass mandolinist Jason Wheeler and an inquiry from percussionist and Grand Rapids Community College instructor Brandan Grinwis has produced an eclectic trio unlike anything else in West Michigan a rootsy, rhythm-happy outfit that meshes elements of blues, R&B, funk, Island music, folk and bluegrass to simmer up a tasty of styles.

Central Michigan quarterback battle includes Montague’s Cody Kater again

April 28, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Cody Kater is trying to win back the starting quarterback job at Central Michigan University.

… It was a tough blow for Kater, who led Montague to back-to-back state titles in 2008-09. He originally committed to CMU, but followed Butch Jones when he left to become the head coach at Cincinnati. Kater went from Cincinnati, to Grand Rapids Community College and then to CMU. He spent the 2012 season as a backup for the Chippewas before winning the job last season.

GRCC In the News, 4-15-14

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra names new music director

April 14, 2014; Petoskey News

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra board of trustees announced the selection of Libor Ondras, Ph.D., as the new Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra music director.
…A viola recitalist, Ondras serves as music director of the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra and orchestra director at the Grand Rapids Community College.

Brann’s Steakhouse CEO’s folksy memoir serves up tales of 4 decades in Michigan restaurant business

April 15, 2014; MLive

At age 19, Tommy Brann became the youngest restaurant owner in Michigan.
…His philanthropic efforts range from creating a scholarship for African-American hospitality students at Grand Rapids Community College, donating $15,000 for the Veterans Park in Grand Rapids and purchasing helmets for the Wyoming Police Department.

Local athletes compete at collegiate level

April 15, 2014; Cadillac News

Aquinas College freshman Aaron Hodges (Cadillac H.S.) hit the “B standard” for the NCAA Championships in the pole vault as he took fifth place with a leap of 15-feet, 5-inches at the Don Klienow Track & Field Invitational Saturday at Siena Heights.
…Davenport University freshman Cayman Gatt (Pine River H.S.) had three hits in the Panthers’ 7-2 JV softball win over Grand Rapids Community College on April 7. She added two hits in Davenport’s 4-2 Game 2 win.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Jayhawk softball extends win streak to 3 games

April 14, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI The Muskegon Community College softball team got off to a slow start this season, but appears to be turning things around.
…MCC swept Grand Rapids Community College 11-0 and 13-0 on April 11.

Tiny Twinklers class begins April 18

GRCC Arts Outreach is excited to open a new section of Tiny Twinklers parent and child music class starting this Friday! Class is held 10:30-11:15am in the music building, room 303. $10 per session, $70 total April 18-May 30. Infants-preschoolers are welcome! Siblings under 1 are free! Email grccao@gmail.com to register.

Arts Outreach is a community music program offered through GRCC. Highly qualified faculty use Suzuki and traditional methods of training to provide exceptional individual and group instruction in violin, cello, guitar, piano, flute and voice. The program serves all ages and levels, from the earliest beginners through the adult learner. For more information, please visit grcc.edu/ArtsOutreach or email grccao@gmail.com.

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Faculty members present viola recital

GRCC faculty will perform in a viola recital at 4 p.m. April 5.

 

GRCC in the News, 3-27-14

GRCC Provost Gilda Gely takes job as Aquinas College’s top academic officer

March 26, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College Provost Gilda Gely is stepping down to serve as Aquinas College’s top academic officer.

 

GRCC provost, executive VP accepts new position

March 26, 2014; Holland Sentinel

Grand Rapids Community College Provost and Executive Vice President Gilda Gely recently announced that she has accepted the position of executive vice president and provost at Aquinas College.

 

Aquinas College to Get a New VP

March 26, 2014; Wood Radio

Aquinas College will have a new executive vice president and provost in May. Dr. Gilda Gely held a similar position at Grand Rapids Community College for the past seven years.

 

Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys sing music for Lent, Holy Week under noted British conductor

March 26, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The season of Lent in the Christian church is a time of preparation for the celebration of Easter.

…The organization founded in 1989 operates a music education program for boys in grades 3 through 8, following the Royal School of Church Music training program at hits rehearsal home at Grand Rapids Community College.

 

You’re invited to Arts Outreach student recitals!

Arts Outreach music program invites you to attend their Spring Student Recitals! Concerts will be held in the GRCC Music Center Recital Hall and at First (Park) Congregational Church. Admission is free.

Arts Outreach is a community music program offered through GRCC. Highly qualified faculty use Suzuki and traditional methods of training to provide exceptional individual and group instruction in violin, cello, guitar, piano, flute and voice. The program serves all ages and levels, from the earliest beginners through the adult learner. For more information, please visit grcc.edu/ArtsOutreach or email grccao@gmail.com.2014 Spring Recitals

Tiny Twinklers enjoy instrument petting zoo!

Tiny Twinklers students enjoyed brass and woodwind instrument petting zoo this semester. Special thanks to Mr. Wells and Mr. Bier of East GR Public Schools, and Arts Outreach instructor Carmen Maret!

Arts Outreach is a community music program offered through GRCC. Highly qualified faculty use Suzuki and traditional methods of training to provide exceptional individual and group instruction in violin, cello, guitar, piano, flute and voice. The program serves all ages and levels, from the earliest beginners through the adult learner. For more information, please visit grcc.edu/ArtsOutreach or email grccao@gmail.com.

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Arts Outreach Suzuki Strings performed at the GR Children’s Museum

Arts Outreach Suzuki Strings students performed a concert at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum on Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Under the direction of instructors Cassandra Kroondyk and Annette Henry, the musicians performed classical compositions such as “Gavotte” from “Mignon” and Bach’s “Minuet”.  The concert concluded with Dr. Suzuki’s “Variations on ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’”.  During the performance, students scattered throughout the museum filling the hall with beautiful music. Congratulations GRCC AO Suzuki Strings!

Arts Outreach is a community music program offered through GRCC. Highly qualified faculty use Suzuki and traditional methods of training to provide exceptional individual and group instruction in violin, cello, guitar, piano, flute and voice. The program serves all ages and levels, from the earliest beginners through the adult learner.

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GRCC In the News, 3-18-14

2012 Guitar Foundation of America Winner Russian Guitarist Rovshan Mamedkuliev

March 17, 2014; MLive

On March 20, the GRCC International Guitar Series will present the 2012 Guitar Foundation of America Winner Russian guitarist Rovshan Mamedkuliev.

GRCC board unanimously approves 2.9 percent tuition increase: ‘We’re still a very affordable option’

March 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Tuition will rise 2.9 percent at Grand Rapids Community College next fall.

Kalamazoo Bach Festival Society Announces Winners

March 17, 2014; comvoicesonline.com

The most promising college and high school singers from the Midwest competed at the annual Kalamazoo Bach Festival Young Vocalists Competition last Saturday, March 15, at Kalamazoo College. Eight of the competitors will be showcased in the Young Vocalists Concert on April 12, 3 pm, at Kalamazoo College Light Fine Arts Center. The purpose of the competition and concert is to encourage the study and performance of vocal music.

… There were 36 competitors from the Midwest. Colleges represented were Alma College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Rapids Community College, Indiana University South Bend, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, and University of Michigan School of Music.

One Wyoming 1 on 1 will connect our youth with positive adult mentors so they can be tomorrows leaders.

March 17, 2014; onewyoming1on1.org

Our Partners

… Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Women’s basketball team receives several postseason honors

March 17, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball teams season is over, but the Jayhawks collected several postseason awards when they were announced on March 11.

… SOFTBALL: The Jayhawks (0-5) will next be in action on Friday when they host Grand Rapids Community College.

Greyhounds to take on experienced Bulldogs

March 18, 2014; The Fort Scott Tribune (Kan.)

Fort Scott Community College’s men’s basketball team will be making its first appearance in a national tournament since 1948 when it takes the court at the Mary Miller Complex in Danville, Ill., for a first-round game in the NJCAA Division II Basketball Tournament at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning.

… South Suburban, located just 120 miles north of Danville, has won its last eight games, including the District IV championship game against Triton College by a 93-75 score on March 8 in Elgin, Ill. The Bulldogs’ last loss came on February 10 at Grand Rapids, Mich., by a 96-88 score in overtime, which was their second straight defeat following a 58-57 loss at Kishwaukee, Ill., two days earlier.

 

Suzuki Strings to perform at GR Children’s Museum this Thursday!

Arts Outreach music program invites you to attend Suzuki Strings performance on Thursday, March 13 at 6:15pm at the GR Children’s Museum. Admission is $1.50.

Arts Outreach is a community music program offered through GRCC. Our highly qualified faculty use Suzuki and traditional methods of training to provide exceptional individual and group instruction in violin, cello, flute, guitar, piano and voice. The program serves all ages and levels, from the earliest beginners through adult.

Museum Suzuki Strings Concert

GRCC In the News, 3-3-14

More than 50 businesses participating in GRCC job fair

March 1, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids Community College job fair on March 11 will feature 59 employers representing industries ranging from manufacturing to health care and government.

GRCC hosting annual Latino Youth Conference ; more than 1,000 eighth-graders expected to attend

March 1, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will host its annual Latino Youth Conference on Tuesday, an event that features workshops in leadership, education, self-esteem and career preparation.

Delta part of auto training articulation agreement

March 2, 2014; Midland Daily News

Five Michigan community colleges, including Delta College, have joined together to create a pilot program that will allow students in automotive technology programs to transfer among the schools with no loss of credits or repetition of course work as they pursue their certifications and degrees.

The Automotive Technology Articulation Agreement will allow students in automotive technology programs to transfer among Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College, Montcalm Community College and Mott Community College. Automotive technology programs were chosen for the pilot because they already adhere to nationally recognized automotive technician training standards.

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Passionate and poised with Grand Rapids Symphony

March 2, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Dee Dee Bridgewater, who starred in the Broadway show, “The Wiz,” as Glinda the Good Witch, got to sing one of the musical’s showstoppers, “If You Believe.”

… Duane Davis, retired director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College, organizer of the Grand Rapids Community Chorus, led the 68 voices and orchestra in his arrangements of a couple of old-school gospel tunes, including a powerful version of James Cleveland’s “Let Him in Today.”

Shirley Daniels, 88, worked her way up from serving salads to serving as a community leader

Feb. 28, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Shirley Daniels, a tenacious, elegant and community-minded pioneer, worked her way up from serving salads to serving as a leader on boards and institutions. Daniels died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at the age of 88.

… While there, she began attending Grand Rapids Junior College at night. She wrote her first assignments on paper bags, so her GM co-workers presented her with a new typewriter.

LaughFest 2014: Clean laughs, dirty words, sunglasses in the dark, underwear outdoors

March 3, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Gilda Radner, battling ovarian cancer, lost her funny for a while only to find it again.

… Days before LaughFest opens, tickets no longer are available for 29 events including Gaffigan’s show in Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse on March 7.

Sharks sweep Panthers

March 3, 2014; Highlands Today (Sebring, Fla.)

AVON PARK – Just when South Florida State thought it was safe to go back in the water, the Miami Dade College Sharks came swimming into town.

… The Panthers host Grand Rapids Community College Tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m. SFSC opens conference play on March 20, when St. Petersburg College comes to Panther Field.

No. 2 UWF continues its roll

March 2, 2014; Pensacola News Journal (Fla.)

Both starting pitchers delivered strong performances as the No. 2 University of West Florida baseball team won a doubleheader Saturday against Christian Brothers in Memphis, Tenn.

… The Pirates beat Grand Rapids Community College 16-3 in the first game, then beat Kalamazoo Valley Community College 6-3 in the second game.

TCC Baseball Completes Sweep of Chatt Valley

March 2, 2014; WCTV

Tallahassee – A passed ball in the bottom of the eighth inning allowed Quincy Nieporte to race home from third with what proved to be the winning run and help NJCAA No. 16/FCSAA No. 4 Tallahassee Community College complete an improbable comeback in a 12-11 win over NJCAA No. 5 Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) Community College on Sunday afternoon at Eagle Field.

… Now 17-5, the Eagles will host Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College for a four-game series. The teams will play doubleheaders on Monday and Tuesday. The action begins at 3:30 p.m. both days.

Lady Cougars Participate in Hunger Games Food Drive

Feb. 28, 2014; comvoicesonline.com

KALAMAZOO (MICH.)-The Kalamazoo Valley Community College Lady Cougars basketball team did its part to fight hunger in the Kalamazoo community. The team participated in the Michigan Community College Athletic Associations First Annual MCCAA Hunger Games, aiding food banks in the 19 communities of MCCAA schools.

… Kalamazoo Valley’s Hunger Game collection date was held on Jan. 29 during the home game against Grand Rapids Community College. Donations were given to Kalamazoo’s Loaves and Fishes food bank. “Our basketball team collected enough food to fill a grocery cart and then some, and there was also at least $40 in monetary donation given as well,” said Maureen Brown, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach.