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Vocal Music

The Department of Music at Cowley constantly strives for excellence, and there are many opportunities for students to experience the magic of making music. Serious music students receive outstanding instruction in music theory, ear training/sight singing, and individual lessons. This quality instruction enables these students to successfully transfer to any four-year institution.

Vocal music opportunities include two auditioned performance groups. Students must be a member of the Cowley Concert Choir in order to audition for a spot in the prestigious Cowley College Singers, which have established themselves as a highly visible and entertaining performance ensemble.  The Cowley Concert Choir rehearses three days a week, and the Cowley College Singers have three rehearsals a week with one of those being a “Dance Lab” with our professional choreographer/dance instructor.  The educational focus for both performing groups encompasses a wide range of vocal literature and each group performs on campus as well as at many other venues throughout the state.  Vocal students also have an opportunity to participate in Cowley’s large scale, professional -quality stage musical, which is produced each school year.

Music is an extremely important force at Cowley College and the gifted music faculty, each in their own right an accomplished artist, is dedicated to providing students the highest quality education possible.  Many awards and honors have been received by the Cowley Music Department throughout the years and the Concert Choir received one of the state’s highest awards by being selected to perform in the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) annual convention at Century II in February of 2002 and then again in 2005.  On April 27,  2003 the Choir performed with the Kansas State University Concert Choir at Carnegie Hall in New York City and in the spring of 2007, four vocal students were selected by audition to perform in the ”Two-Year College Honor Choir”  at the National American Choral Directors Convention held in Miami, Florida.

The Vocal Music Department also has a rich history of being an advocate for the arts throughout the community and surrounding area.  In the spring of 2009 the Concert Choir performed with the Winfield Oratorio Society for their Fifty-ninth performance of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” and  in previous years, students within the Concert Choir have also had the opportunity to sing in a Community Chorus of approximately 50 members ranging from 16-80 years of age for the area Prairie Fest Celebration and in a scholarship benefit concert for Cowley music students.

Students interested in continuing their love of singing will definitely find a program to suit their needs at Cowley College!

Students interested in singing will definitely find a program to suit their needs at Cowley. Participation opportunities include large and small groups, individual lessons and classes in music theory. A wide range and variety of music allows the student many opportunities to perform on and off campus, as well as in events across the state.

Concert Choir
The Cowley Concert Choir is featured throughout the year at concerts held on campus and is a vital part of the Cowley Fine Arts Department.
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Concert Choir 2014-2015
Sound clips from the May 4, 2010 concert:
"Make Our Garden Grow" audio files for alumni concert choir members:

Choir and Band

C.C. Singers

The C.C. Singers are a highly visible and very entertaining performance ensemble. Students must be a member of the Concert Choir in order to audition for this very prestigious group and auditions are held at the beginning of every fall semester. The C.C. Singers perform many times throughout the year on and off campus and plan a tour each spring.

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CC Singers 2014-2015

CC Singers



CC Singers are:

  • Hunter DeWald
  • Elizabeth Hampton
  • Andrew Horning
  • Abby Killman
  • Brenda Mattson
  • Abby Ronnfeldt
  • Joseph White


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Connie DonatelliConnie Donatelli - Director of Vocal Music
Connie Donatelli has been a very active vocal music educator in the state of Kansas for more than 25 years, including 14 years at Cowley College. 

The Cowley Concert Choir received one of the state’s highest awards by being selected to perform in the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) annual convention at Century II in Wichita, Kansas in 2002 and again in 2005.  Another highlight in Donatelli’s career at Cowley was the April 2002 Concert Choir performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 

Before coming to Cowley, she taught elementary vocal music at Holton, and middle and high school vocal music at Remington, Circle and Winfield unified school districts.  Her groups have performed for many other statewide organizations as well as being the featured guests at several National Conventions. 

She is often asked to judge vocal contests and has been a featured guest director for various high school vocal festivals as well as the Southwest KMEA, South Central KMEA and the North Central KMEA District Honor Choirs.  Donatelli is also highly respected by her colleagues at Cowley as she was named the college’s third Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence and Student Learning. 

In 1994, she was presented a Master Teacher Award.  Her professional quality performance groups are highly sought after and serve as Cowley’s finest ambassadors.  Her passion and trademark enthusiasm is an inspiration and generates an electric atmosphere that is contagious in the classroom as well as to concert audiences. 

She is often asked to judge vocal contests and has been a featured guest director for various high school vocal festivals as well as the South East KMEA, South West KMEA, South Central KMEA, and the North Central KMEA District Honor Choirs. Donatelli directs the Concert Choir, Cowley College Singers, teaches Applied Voice Lessons, and Music Appreciation.

Transfer Options
The Music Program at Cowley has established transfer articulation agreements with most four-year colleges and universities. This is designed to give the music major a solid background in all of the core music classes, enabling the student to successfully transfer to a four-year institution.

Financial Assistance
Students may audition for a vocal music scholarship, this is for in-state students only. This scholarship can include up to full tuition and books. A live audition must be set up through Connie Donatelli. Students must fill out an application form and also submit two letters of reference.

Several special scholarships are available. The Fostine Moncrief Scholarship, which offers several awards with stipends ranging from $100 to $500 per year, and the Arkansas City Music and Dramatics Club Scholarship, which offers two scholarship of $250, are available to music majors only, and are decided through competitive auditions in September, April and May.

Music majors also are encouraged to apply for other types of grants or loans through government student aid programs that are offered at Cowley.

Contact Connie Donatelli
Cowley County Community College
125 S. Second
Arkansas City, Kansas 67005
620.441.5288 or
800.592.2222 ext. 5288

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