Spring & Fall
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cochise College offers a variety of ensembles, classes and private instruction to provide a solid foundation in music studies for students who are serious about majoring in music, while also meeting the needs of those who simply seek to enrich their educational experience.
The Associate of Arts degree in music prepares students for transfer to a university program in music, interdisciplinary arts and performance, or related areas of study.
Cochise College music ensembles provide opportunities for instrumentalists and vocalists with wide ranges of experiences and backgrounds. These groups are led by knowledgeable and skillful conductors, and performances are held throughout the fall and spring semesters at many different venues within Cochise County and beyond.
2014 Spring Semester Performances
March 29: The Binational Choir and the Music Ensemble will perform at the MAKE Youth Arts Festival at the Central School Project (Old Bisbee, AZ) at 11:30 a.m.
April 10: The Binational Choir and the Music Ensemble will perform at the Freshman Focus at Cochise College (Sierra Vista,AZ).
April 15: The Binational Choir and the Music Ensemble will perform at the Festival of Arts and Music at the Central School Project (Old Bisbee, AZ).
April 24 and 26: High Desert Singers and Vocalise will combine for two concerts at Kino Hall(Sierra Vista, AZ) beginning at 7 p.m., featuring music from Gilbert and Sullivan and Broadway: “Fiddler On The Roof,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,” “Phantom of the Opera” and “H.M.S. Pinafore.”
April 30: 7:00 p.m., Central School Project, Old Bisbee
Come and enjoy a variety of music by Cochise College’s performing ensembles, including the Bi-national Chorus, Women’s Ensemble, Orchestra, and Douglas Campus Ensemble. Celebrate spring and listen to sounds from around the globe, from varying times, and with an array of life-giving themes. This concert is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted for the Music Department Scholarship Fund. For more information, call the music department at 417-4066.
May 8: 7:00 p.m., Kino Hall, Sierra Vista
We are pleased to present Maestro Dieter Hennings for a concert combined with the college’s Nuevo Mundo ensemble and Bi-national Chorus. Mr. Hennings is an internationally known lutenist and guitarist. He has been instrumental in commissioning new works for guitar and has appeared as a guest artist with a variety of orchestras and early music groups. For more information, visit www.henningsguitar.com. This concert is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted for the Music Department Scholarship Fund. For more information, call the music department at 417-4066.
May 9: 7:00 p.m. (Place to be announced)
In conjunction with the Mexican consulate, Cochise College presents a variety of musicians from Arizona and Sonora, with Maestro Dieter Hennings. This goodwill concert will feature excerpts from the film score of Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides, by Hans Zimmer and Eric Whitacre. This global piece, featuring the music of guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela, as well as U.S. composer giants Zimmer and Whitacre, represents a musical collaboration that stretches boundaries and goes beyond borders. This concert is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted for the Music Department Scholarship Fund. For more information, call the music department at 417-4066.
Lori Keyne – Lori Keyne received her DMA in choral conducting with a minor in harpsichord performance from the University of Arizona. Her choral instructors include Paul Foelber, Thomas Hilbish, Lawrence Kaptein and Maurice Skones. Her harpsichord teachers include James Anthony, John Metz and Laurette Goldberg. Lori taught at Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska; San Jose State University; the University of Panama and Hollins University. Lori and her family love living in Cochise County. She directs Cochise College’s Bi-national Chorus and Women’s Ensemble. Her choral groups have performed at international conferences, including America Cantat, College Music Society Conference in San Jose, Costa Rica and the Latin American Choral Music International Conference in Tucson. They have performed with groups from Panama and Cuba. The Bi-national Chorus receives performance invitations from Sonora, Mexico and Arizona. For the 2011-12 academic year, she was a Fulbright border scholar, studying and building collaborations with musicians in Sonora. Lori delights in musical projects that include contributing performers from different countries.
Christina Jarvis – Christina received a Bachelor of Arts in music and a Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Arizona, with a special emphasis in early music. She studied historic vocal and harpsichord performance practice at workshops at Stanford University and in Auch (France), and Lewes, Cheltenham and London (UK), with members of the Hilliard Ensemble, Trio Sonnerie, The Consort of Musick, and Nigel North, and through private study with Mitzi Meyerson, Richard Wistreich, and others. She has performed in theater, in concert, and on television in the United States, France, and Britain. In 2001–02, Ms. Jarvis served as adjunct professor directing the University of Arizona’s Collegium Musicum. In 2006, she toured in Germany with Dr. Pamela Decker, Professor of Organ/Music Theory at the University of Arizona, performing Dr. Decker’s work, life aromatic with red-hot pizzazz, for mezzosoprano and organ. Christina has performed frequently in concerts presented by the Arizona Early Music Society and is currently serving as Vice President on its board of directors. She has also sung with Tempe-based Ensemble Versailles, directed by Dr. John Metz. In addition to serving as a voice instructor at Cochise College, she is Artistic Director and Co-Director of Musica Sonora, an early music ensemble based in Tucson, and serves as Music Director at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. She is a community member of the Group for Early Modern Studies at the University of Arizona and has a bustling private voice studio.
David Perry – Dave received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baker University and his master’s in Choral Music Education from Arizona State University. After spending 28 years as a high school choral director, he retired to devote more time to writing music. During his years as a choral music educator, he also taught musical theater, music theory, guitar and humanities. He also has 20 years of experience directing church youth choirs and five years of experience as a director of a community college choir. Dave enjoys guest directing honor choirs and presenting workshops and interest sessions to high school choral directors. His honors include the Excellence in Teaching award from the Arizona Music Educators Association, Arizona Music Educator of the Year for 2000, the Lifetime Recognition Award from the Choral Directors of Arizona, and the William E. Richardson Retired Music Educator Service Award in 2009. Dave and his wife, Jean, have been writing and publishing songs for schools and churches for more than 25 years. Their music has been performed by choirs in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, North America and Australia. They have more than 400 songs, seven school musicals, three instructional classroom books and three solo and duet books published. They are recipients of multiple special composers awards from ASCAP.
Vocalise is a mixed, auditioned ensemble of 22 and focuses on jazz choral music.
High Desert Singers is a mixed, auditioned chorus of 35 and does a wide variety of choral music, from Renaissance to contemporary; folk to Broadway.
Jazz Ensemble is an instrumental combo that features college and community musicians and meets weekly on the Sierra Vista Campus.
Concert Band is an instrumental ensemble including college and community musicians that meets weekly on the Sierra Vista Campus.
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Music Department Office
Douglas Campus: (520) 417-4066
Sierra Vista Campus: (520) 515-8759
Spring & Fall
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.