Music

Program Locations: Columbus Campus
Department: Academic Transfer and General Education

Music at Central Community College is open to students of all majors wishing to continue their passion for music beyond high school. Available opportunities include band, choir, private lessons and other music classes. Generous scholarships are available in music regardless of major.

Music Scholarships

  • Bands
  • Choirs
  • Music Events
Bands

woman playing the clarinet at a concert

The CCC Concert Band is designed to bring the campus and community together in a communal musical effort. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings. Membership primarily is made up of people from throughout the Columbus area, but also includes CCC students. There are two on-campus performances each semester. Previous band experience is required.

Choirs

spectrumCollege Chorus is a large mixed choir. Rehearsing twice each week, the Chorus performs a wide variety of repertoire from all styles of music. Two performances are scheduled each semester. The Chorus is open to all students, and no formal audition is required.

Spectrum is a small select ensemble that focuses on music from all stylistic periods not generally suited for the larger choral ensemble. The group rehearses three times a week. Spectrum has performed twice at Carnegie Hall and will perform in Syros, Greece, in July 2015. Auditions are required.

Music Events

February 26, 2023

Concert Band Performance
3 p.m.
CCC-Columbus Fine Arts Theater

March 2, 2023

Spring Choral Concert
with special guest Schuyler High School Choir
7 p.m.
First United Methodist, 2710 14th St.
Columbus, NE 68601

April 30, 2023

Fine Arts Festival Concert
3 p.m.
CCC-Columbus Fine Arts Theater

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Scholarships

Scholarships are available to all students regardless of major. The audition process is simple and can be done in person or via video. We know just the thought of auditions can be stressful, so our approach is centered around getting to know the student and setting them up for success. We are here to help and want students continue their passion for music in college.

Please see the scholarship page for details.

Faculty Bio

Dr. Krista Vazquez-Connelly

Dr. Vazquez is a composer, trumpeter, and band director.
She earned her DMA in music composition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has additional degrees in music education and trumpet performance.
Her career has included K12 music education, audio engineering, worship music, and arts management.

Campus Visits

We encourage students to visit campus to experience our college community for themselves because you can only learn so much through a website. We’re confident that by visiting our campus, you will fall in love with all we have to offer. 

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Additional Information

You can pursue your passion for music in a setting that focuses on students as individuals. Our faculty will work with you personally to prepare you to either complete your bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university, stay active in something you love, or find a new and possibly lifelong avocation.

If you have any questions about the program and the opportunities it provides to students, please feel free to contact us at any time. We would love to hear from you!

Academic Transfer

course descriptions

Krista Vazquez-Connelly
402-562-1429
kristavazquez@cccneb.edu 

Fine and Performing Arts Interest Form

Which area(s) are you interested in?
  • What will it cost?
  • How long will it take?
  • What careers can I have?
What will it cost?

At 2022-23 tuition and fee rates, completing the 60 credits required for an associate of arts or an associate of science degree costs:

Nebraska residents - $6,600

Non-residents - $9,420

These costs are for tuition and fees only for the program of study as listed in the CCC online catalog. It does not include the cost of foundations courses, retaking courses or taking courses in addition to those required for the degree. It does not include the cost of books, supplies, tools, computers or other items that may be required.

2022-23 Tuition and Fees (cost per credit) Tuition Fees Total
Nebraska Resident $94 $16 $110
Non Resident $141 $16 $157

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How long will it take?

Finish in 2 years by completing 15 credits a semester for 4 semesters

The length of time to complete a program is based on a student taking only the courses required for the program as listed in our online catalog. It does not include the cost of foundations courses that may be required based on assessment scores, retaking courses or taking courses that are not required by your program of study.

Your adviser will develop a plan of study to meet your personal needs.

What careers can I have?

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Students in the Music program typically transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree before entering the workforce. Check out Career Coach to learn about job openings, pay and career outlook in music.