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

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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.


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

May 5, 2024

Fine Arts Showcase
2 p.m. - Student Art Show
3 p.m. - Choir and Band Concert
CCC-Columbus Fine Arts Theater

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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 Bios

Jeffrey Kitson

Jeffrey Kitson received B.M. and M.M. degrees in music theory and composition from Michigan State University with a secondary emphasis in choral conducting. While attending MSU, Mr. Kitson sang in the University Chorale, State Singers and Chamber Choir. While on an opera scholarship, he performed numerous roles with MSU Opera Theatre including the Judge in Trial by Jury, and Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Before coming to Nebraska, he taught at the Flint Institute of Music in his hometown of Flint, Mich. In 2008-09, he was named the Columbus Campus Faculty Member of the Year.

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

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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.