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Music at Richland College

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Richland College has bands, choirs, orchestra, jazz groups, steel bands, private lessons and much more.  At Richland College, you learn and perform!

Our Music Department has courses in: Music Theory, Piano, Recording Arts, Audio Engineering, Music Business, Music Composition, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz and Rock (American) Music History, and Guitar.

You can hear and see us at You can also view our class schedules at

If you play an instrument, (woodwinds, brass, drums/percussion, piano/keyboard, guitar, violin, viola, cello, bass) contact Derrick Logozzo, Director of Instrumental Music, at, 972.238.6254.

If you sing, contact Melissa Logan, Director of Choral Music at, 972.238.6284.

We offer private lessons on all instruments and voice for normal tuition rates in combination with our performing groups.

Opera Superstar Frederica von Stade to Sing with Credo Choir in Performance of Street Requiem
Frederica von Stade

Frederica von Stade

DALLAS – Famed mezzo-soprano, Frederica von Stade will join Credo Choir, the Dallas Street Choir, and the Richland College Chamber Singers in a performance of Street Requiem, by Australian composers Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne, and Jonathon Welch on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Dallas City Performance Hall (2520 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201).

Street Requiem, a 40-minute work scored for mixed choir, soloists, and chamber ensemble, aims to bring a sense of peace, remembrance, and hope to communities struggling with homelessness and street violence. The work is neither secular nor religious, but is intended to be spiritual and includes English and African lyrics, as well as traditional Latin texts. While at times deeply moving, the work is optimistic and uplifting, and employs gospel, Celtic, neo-Romantic, neo-Baroque, and contemporary compositional styles and instrumentation to reflect the multicultural and multi-faith traditions of modern city living.

Jonathan Palant

Jonathan Palant

Jonathan Palant, founder and conductor of both Credo Choir and the Dallas Street Choir, says, “Street Requiem is more about empowerment and hope for the future than it is about morality and death. In remembering those who died living on the street, we strive to bring awareness to the current plight of Dallas’ homeless community. Ms. von Stade’s participation in this concert is testament to the importance of this project and of this cause.”

Credo Choir, now in its third season, is an ecumenical and inter-faith, mixed chorus whose repertory consists mainly of twentieth and twenty-first century choral music. The ensemble regularly performs locally and has undertaken international concert tours to Cuba, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland. In June 2015, the group will travel to Iceland for nine days.

The Dallas Street Choir rehearses weekly and is open to any member of the street community. Street Requiem will mark the first concert appearance of the Dallas Street Choir outside the walls of The Stewpot. Also singing on this program will be the Richland College Chamber Singers, Dr. Michael Crawford, director.

Tickets for Street Requiem range from $10-$25 and are available online at or by calling (214) 871-5000. All proceeds benefit The Stewpot.

Richland College music performances in May


May means music at Richland College! Check out this month’s performances.

All performances will be held in Fannin Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m.


May 6 — World Beat Concert: Richland Percussion Group & Steel Bands

May 7 — Student Composer’s Concert: Works composed by students of Professor Jordan Kuspa

May 10 — Dr. Jerry Wallace Music Scholarship Concert: Wind Symphony, String Orchestra, Chamber Singers, $10 admission

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. For more information about music performance, call 972-238-6250.

Jazz students win big at Sam Houston competition

Congratulations to Ron Jones, Richland College Jazz Ensemble/Big Band director, and Brad Williams, Jazz Small Group Combo director, whose student jazz ensembles were awarded straight superior ratings from all five festival judges during the Sam Houston State University Jazz Festival Competition in Huntsville, Texas, March 28-29. Student musicians Kerry Burkhart, Sam Howard, Jinyu Kim, Austin Lemke and Su Youn Yi also received Outstanding Musician/Soloist awards, earning five of eight individual awards awarded among members of the 14 jazz ensembles from across Texas who competed. Brad Williams was also a guest performer during the afternoon clinic with Lynn Seaton, University of North Texas College of Music professor and professional jazz bassist.

2014 Richland College Carnival of Steel to be April 26

Richland College announces the line up for its 11th annual Carnival of Steel (COS) Festival on April 26.

The 2014 COS Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature performances by Jeff Narell, steel pan recording artist; Jose Aponte, drum set and world percussionist; and Shelly Irvine, steel pan and percussion artist.

The Richland College Steel Band and high school, elementary school and college steel bands from around the state will also perform.

Vendors in music and Caribbean cultures will be on-site with food, clothing and other items for sale. The Carnival of Steel is presented by Richland College in partnership with the Caribbean Association of Texas and Dallas West Indies United.

Admission to the day concert at 11 a.m. is free. Tickets for the performance demo at 5:30 p.m. are $5 and tickets for the guest artist evening concert at 8 p.m. are $10.

To purchase tickets in advance, contact Derrick Logozzo at or 972-238-6254. Tickets may also be purchased on-site the day of the performance.

For more information, visit Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas.

Richland College music performances in April


Music is in the air at Richland College! Check out these performances in April.

All performances will be held in Fannin Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m.

April 1 — Chamber Ensembles
April 15 — Richland Jazz Showcase: Faculty Jazz, Jazz Combo, Fusion Band, Jazz Singers, Jazz Ensemble
April 17 — Richland Evening Jazz Ensemble, Directed by Phares Corder
April 22 — Richland Guitar Ensemble
April 25 — Richland Choral Concert: Women’s Chorale, Richmen, Gospel Choir, Jazz Singers, Chamber Singers
April 29 — Symphonic Instrumental Music Concert 2: Wind Symphony, String Orchestra, Chamber Ensembles

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. For more information about music performance, call 972-238-6250.

Richland College Chamber Singers to join A&M-Commerce Chorale in world premiere performance

The Richland College Chamber Singers will join with the Texas A&M University-Commerce Chorale and Wind Ensemble to present the world premiere of “The Temptation of St. Anthony” by composer James Syler as part of the “Music at the Meyerson” series on March 25.

Richland College Chamber Singers, an auditioned 44-voice ensemble directed by Michael Crawford, is one of five choral groups in Richland College’s vibrant music department. Choral ensembles from Tarrant County College, Kilgore College and Northeast Texas Community College will also be part of the combined choir for this premiere.

A&M-Commerce music department officials commissioned the Texas-based composer to write a piece for the university’s Wind Ensemble and Chorale after premiering Mr. Syler’s “Symphony in Blue” at Carnegie Hall in 2012. Mr. Syler is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of the Incarnate Word.

“Music at the Meyerson” concert, will also include performances by the A&M-Commerce’s Piano Division, Brass Ensemble and Wind Ensemble featuring trumpet soloist Daniel Kelly.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on March 25 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $20 for a limited number of seats in loge boxes. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at

To learn more about Richland College Choral ensembles, visit

Five free music concerts at Richland this week

bitten_7Music is in the air and everywhere at Richland College! Check one or all of these great performances this week:

  • Honors Vocal Recital: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Dec. 3, Fannin Performance Hall
    Outstanding voice students perform a variety of art songs and popular works.
  • Student Composers’ Concert: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3, Fannin Performance Hall
    Original music composed by students of Richland College Professor Jordan Kuspa.
  • Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Singers Lunch Concert: 12-1 p.m., Dec. 4, Cafeteria Stage
    The lunch break is served with great vocal and instrumental jazz.
  • Honors Instrumental Recital: 12:30-1:50 p.m., Dec. 5, Fannin Performance Hall
    Top instrumental musicians on strings, winds, piano, and percussion perform virtuosic pieces from many periods.
  • World Beat Drum Show (Richland Percussion Group Evening Concert): 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5, Fannin Performance Hall
    Hear the best drumming anywhere with the Richland Steel Sound Steel Band, the Richland Percussion Group and soloists taking you around the world.

Admission to each of these shows is free. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. For more information, call 972-238-6250 or visit

Student vocalists participate in various competitions

Richland College’s Choral Music Department had 11 singers compete in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Contest at Baylor University in Waco, Nov. 7-9. Zach Jones, Josh Meza, and Cristian Ruiz, who study in the vocal studios of Kay Austin, Amy DeCola and Beverly Griffin Dyer were named semi-finalists. On Nov. 15, seven members of the Richland College Chamber Singers traveled to Weatherford College to audition for the Texas Two-Year College Choral Directors Association All-State Choir. All seven singers, Erin Campbell, Garrett Dunaway, Brandon Jones, Cristian Ruiz, Martha Schessler, Victoria Serafin and Josh Usry, were selected to represent Richland College at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio in February 2014.