Follow the music to TSJC this summer

     The Massari Performing Arts Center will be filled with music again this summer as Trinidad State Junior College offers a great selection of music classes for all ages and levels of experience.

     Beginning June 13, Tim Kennedy will be instructing ‘Music Appreciation’ and private voice lessons, as well as two non-credit classes, ‘Musical Theatre/Glee,’ a performance-based class that includes staging and movement for all ages. It will be held Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. “This class is open to anybody open to learning more about musical theatre, with a final performance on July 22nd,” said Kennedy.

     Kennedy will also be instructing a ‘Summer Chorale,’ Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. This class is for everyone who loves to sing, young and old!

     Kennedy’s rich and diverse background as a performer, stage director, music director, teaching artist and educator adds to the enrichment and the building of the TSJC Music Department under its dynamic director and recruiter, Alison England.

     If Kennedy’s name sounds familiar, Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre (SCRT) patrons will remember him from SCRT’s 2010 season.  He said that he was amazed at the support for the arts in a community so small, and came to love the beautiful community and the people here.  He also met Alison England, who was hired last summer to re-build and recruit for TSJC’s Music Department.  “I am looking forward to helping the music program grow,” Kennedy said.

     Kennedy has performed in opera, musical theater, and concert settings throughout America, as well as in France, Austria and Italy.

    Some of his favorite theater roles include Billy Flynn in Chicago, Mr. Macafee in Bye, Bye Birdie, Alan in Baby, The Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady, Mayor Shinn in Music Man, Governor in Man of La Mancha, Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes, Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof and Diesel in West Side Story.

    Opera roles that he has performed include Bartolo in The Barber of Seville, Nitch in The Merry Widow, Alcindoro and Benoit in La Boheme, and Doctor Grenville in La Traviata.

     As a concert performer, Kennedy has served as the baritone soloist for the Brahms’ Requiem with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah for the First Baptist Church in New York City, Haydn’s Paukenmesse in Austria for the Graz Music Festival and the Linz Choral Festival, Mozart’s C Minor Mass and Copland’s Old American Songs with the Amarillo Symphony.

     Kennedy staged Pensacola Opera’s world premiere of The Widow’s Lantern as well as their productions of Cosi fan tutte, Gianni Schicchi, Hurricane Monologues, Two Worlds, Silent Saltzburg, Billy Goats Gruff, An Aesop Odyssey, and the Three Little Pigs.

     While serving on the faculty of the University of West Florida, he served as director for productions of Goblin Market, She Loves Me, and Into the Woods (for which he received a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival 2009 Faculty Director Nomination). 

     He also served as Music Director for the University of West Florida’s productions of Guys and Dolls, She Loves Me, Christmas Carol, and Once on this Island. His other music direction credits include Godspell, Goblin Market, and Making It Up As We Go Along for Louisiana State University.  

     TSJC’s Music Department Director, Alison England, is in Los Angeles this summer, but she will be instructing an online class, ‘The History of Rock and Pop.’  She will return to Trinidad when Fall Semester classes start August 22. 

   For more information about summer and fall classes offered by the TSJC Music Department, please contact Josephine Chacon at 719 846-5474.

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