The Richland College music department recently received accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). This prestigious accreditation was announced at the NASM annual meeting in Arizona on Nov. 19.
“This accreditation means that the Richland College music program meets all the same standards for the first two years of music study as any four-year institution, making our transfers transparent,” said Diane Hilbert, executive dean of the Richland College School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts. “It means that we now have a voice at the national table to participate in national and state concerns regarding music education and to work with our colleagues in planning for the future of music education and the needs of our students and the changing workforce they will enter.”
For the past four and a half years, the music faculty have been working through the process to be granted accreditation by NASM. At the NASM Annual Meeting, 312 applications for new and renewal accreditation were reviewed by the NASM Commission on Community College Accreditation. Richland College was one of only two two-year institutions in the United States that were approved for new accreditation, and the fourth two-year institution in Texas to be nationally accredited by NASM. Other Texas two-year institutions to receive this accreditation include Del Mar in 1948, Odessa College in 1964 and Amarillo College in 1966.
Before receiving this accreditation, Richland College completed a thorough application process. This involved Hilbert attending the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) Leaders Institute and completing a process map and budget project, inviting a NASM consultant to evaluate all aspects of the Richland College music program, completing a self-study, receiving a site visit from the accreditation team, responding to recommendations from the team and submitting recommendation updates to the commission.
“This would not have been possible if it had not been for our music faculty and our students’ commitment to the quality and growth of the music program,” said Hilbert. “Additionally, the process of the self-study enabled us to identify opportunities for improvement and to plan strategically for the future needs of the program.”
Founded in 1924, NASM is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with approximately 650 accredited institutional members. It works to establish national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for music and music-related disciplines, and to assist institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational or other music-related endeavors. For more information, visit nasm.arts-accredit.org.
The Richland College music department combines comprehensive academics, laboratory and ensemble work and applied instruction to prepare students for advanced musical study, build base-level credentials for working musicians and enrich general education for non-music majors. Programs offered include band, choir, jazz, orchestra and steel band. For more information about the Richland College music department, visit richlandcollege.edu/music.
The United States Air Force (USAF) Band of the West is coming to Richland College to perform as part of its Holiday in Blue tour. This performance will take place at 7 p.m. on December 3 in the Fannin Performance Hall. This concert is free and open to the public.
“At this time, the U.S. federal government is considering a severe reduction in U.S. military band travel, and we will be able to experience the tremendous benefit of the program before such a decision is made,” said Derick Logozzo, Richland College director of instrumental music. “Also, the interaction that Richland students will be able to have with these career musicians on the day of the event in separate sessions is very valuable. Our students will get to hear and see the level of ability of experienced competitive symphonic music professionals and learn more about how to reach such a goal.”
The USAF Band of the West has been presenting Holiday in Blue concerts for more than 40 years as a way of bringing the community together to celebrate the holiday season and our veterans through music. This 90-minute concert will include a variety of works, styles and genres featuring the excellent display of musicianship from the symphonic concert band and soloists.
For more information about the USAF Band of the West, visit bandofthewest.af.mil. For more information about the Richland College music department, visit richlandcollege.edu/hfp/music.
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 email@example.com or 972-238-6254. Tickets may also be purchased on-site the day of the performance.
For more information, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/carnivalofsteel. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas.
Explore the cultural and artistic side of death and the supernatural through “Bitten.” The festival celebrates the traditions and beliefs of cultures including Mexico, the Caribbean and New Orleans.
Unearth the truth about the real-life monsters that formed the vampire myth in folklore. See the legend begin in cinema through classic vampire horror films, “Nosferatu” and “Vampyr.” Search for hidden, one-of-a-kind, handmade tumblers in the Cup of Blood Scavenger Hunt.
Journey farther into “Bitten” by learning about the spiritual, historical and artistic aspects of voodoo, a unique religion that gives Louisiana its special flavor.
Listen to the macabre melodies of Richland College’s Steel Band, Orchestra and Jazz Band. Feel the “vampire’s kiss” by giving blood at the Bitten Blood Drive by Carter BloodCare.
Embody the colors and traditions of Mexico by having your face painted in the style of calavera candy skulls used during the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday. Make your own mask of the living dead.
Watch in horror as “Mourn the Monster,” a New Orleans-style jazz funeral parade, erupts into a vampire flash mob.
Experience the undead with the world premiere of “Fire & Blood,” a musical by Andy Long and Adam C. Wright. This haunting re-imagining of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” is set in modern day New Orleans. “Fire & Blood” is recommended for mature audiences. Admission is free.
“Bitten” is a collaboration of several areas of study within Richland College’s School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, including music, dance, art, ceramics, history and theatre.
Visit www.richlandcollege.edu/bitten for specific times and locations of “Bitten” events. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas.