WSCC Music


12.01.2017 Filed Under: Community


The West Shore Community College Music Department ensembles will be performing three holiday concerts in December.

The WSCC Jazz Ensemble will highlight the sounds from the big band era and contemporary jazz works on Thurs., Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m., in the Center Stage Theater.

Due to the inclement weather, the West Shore Community College Wind Symphony and Percussion Ensemble concert scheduled for Dec. 13, at Shelby High School Auditorium has been postponed to Wednesday,  February 7, 2018.

The WSCC Wind Symphony and Percussion Ensemble will be performing both holiday selections and well-respected wind band literature.

During the Wind Symphony concert, John Taranko, director of bands at Hart Area Schools, will conduct a piece arranged for wind band entitled “Rejouissance.”

“The college’s music ensembles would not have the level of involvement from high school students without the continuous support of the many band directors across our region. John has been an incredible asset to our WSCC music family. 

Many of his  former band students have received music scholarships to attend the college.  John also plays lead trumpet in our jazz ensemble,” says Ted Malt, professor of music studies and director of the Performing Arts Series. 

This semester, the percussion ensemble has flourished under the direction of Xavier Verna. Verna is the executive director of the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts and holds a bachelor's degree in percussion performance from the University of Michigan.

“Xavier has been an incredible addition to our program as it will be evident in the ensemble's performance during the Wind Symphony concert,” says Malt.

The WSCC Concert Choir, under the direction of Rebecca Sopha and Lew Wilson, will be in concert on Sun., Dec. 17, at 2 p.m., at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts.

The choir will be performing selections of sacred, secular, and contemporary works.  The choir serves as WSCC’s musical ambassadors to surrounding communities as they perform a number of concerts throughout the year. 

“Becky and Lew provide our audiences with a musically diverse concert every year. Their dedication to this ensemble is unprecedented.  It is a pleasure to see so many volunteers sharing their musical gifts with others, on more than one occasion, throughout the holiday season.  This level of involvement is a testament to Becky and Lew’s leadership,” says Malt.

Malt adds, “The College’s music ensembles are home to many talented community musicians from throughout our area and they also provide regional high school students with another outlet for performance.  It is wonderful to have experienced musicians and talented students joining our ensembles.  PK-12 outreach is a mission to which we are all committed.” 

Tickets for all of the concerts are on sale now at the WSCC Box Office, 231-843-5507 or by clicking here.


Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Relations

Tags: Performing Arts, Music, Community Event