Choral music entertains, instills joy and brings a community together through a common interest.
The choral program at Lone Star College (LSC)-Kingwood trains vocal musicians interested in a variety of careers from performance to music education. After four semesters, students can earn an associate of arts with field of study in music (AAFMUS) degree. Graduates can transfer to a four-year university and major in music specializing in performance, music therapy, music education or musicology.
“Our music program also exists to enrich the college and community through the performances of credit and continuing technical education (CTE) students in both solo and ensemble concerts,” said Dr. Todd Miller, professor of music and choral director at LSC-Kingwood.
The choral program offers courses for all skill levels from beginner to advanced. All incoming students will undergo a musical assessment and audition for correct placement in classes. Ideal applicants will know how to read music and have some competence in voice.
“This program helped me prepare for the future by teaching me valuable skills such as working efficiently and excellently with others. The instructors show individual care for each person and do whatever it takes to help us succeed,” said Brendan Tanamachi, a 2018 LSC-Kingwood alumni and current student at Houston Baptist University. He plans to graduate in fall 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music.
Students who graduate from the choral program at LSC-Kingwood seek careers in the performance industry such as opera, Broadway, jazz and pop. Other career opportunities include music education, all forms of church music, and music therapy.
“This program is preparing me for my chosen field by providing me with constant experience, practice and challenges that will push me to be a better musician and teacher,” said Leah Inman, current choir student. Inman plans to graduate from LSC-Kingwood in spring 2021, attend a four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree in music education, and become employed as an elementary music teacher.
Outside of the classroom and practice halls, choral students are members of various college ensembles such as Concert Choir, EVOK and Kingwood Chorale. Other musical groups include Kingwood Pops Orchestra, Kingwood Big Band, Student Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Summer Opera Workshop.
For additional information on the choral program at LSC-Kingwood, visit lonestar.edu/kingwood-music-department.