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Cathy Hardy

Office: Liberal Arts Bldg, room 111
Email: Cathy.Hardy@mcckc.edu
Phone: 816.604.2321

Cathy HardyMCC-Longview Music Coordinator Cathy Hardy teaches music appreciation, piano, voice and music theory. She has performed with the Lyric Opera, Des Moines Opera, Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Civic Orchestra, St. Joseph Symphony, and numerous performances of Handel’s Messiah here in Kansas City and in Chicago. In addition she has had roles in many Broadway productions here in KC and Chicago. In her spare time she has performed at numerous jazz gigs, private parties, art galleries, museum openings and premiers. She has been a Metropolitan Opera Winner, National Association of Singers Winner, Chicago Artist Competition Winner, and Educational Director and Performer for Lyric Opera Express-an educational arm of the Lyric Opera Company of Kansas City.

The Bachelor of Music Education graduate of Wheaton College also graduated from UMKC with a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance. The mezzo-soprano has received critical acclaim by The Kansas City Star, Chicago Tribune, and Opera News. She has served as an adjudicator in area music competitions. One of her great joys is serving as a clinician in area high schools and churches. Cathy has also overseen the development of an advanced music lab that supports many aspects of infusing music technology into the curriculum.

Cathy works with MCC-Longview’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program (Time Princeton 2001 College of the Year). She has served on the Writing Cadre since 1995 and supports the Writing Intensive initiatives at MCC-Longview. She also serves MCC-Longview as a member of the Humanities Assessment Committee.

Beth Azure

Office: Liberal Arts Bldg, room 111
Email: Elizabeth.Azure@mcckc.edu
Phone: 816.604.1260 x9273

Beth AzureBeth Azure graduated from the Wheaton Conservatory of Music in 2004 with a BM in piano performance and was a student of Dr. William Phemister. While at Wheaton, she gave private piano lessons to a number of children in the area, and also traveled to Chicago to study the Taubman technique with Terry Dybvig. In the fall of 2004 Beth moved to Kansas City, MO where she attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She studied with Karen Kushner, and graduated in 2007 with her Masters in piano performance.

Beth has maintained a variety of jobs which include teaching at MCC-Longview, accompanying for the Kansas City Opera in their school outreach program, playing for the Kansas City Ballet ROAD program, teaching privately, accompanying UMKC students, teaching music to grades 1-6 at Discovery Homeschool Academy, and playing piano for her church, Oakwood Baptist.

Walt Chambers

Office: Liberal Arts Bldg, room 111
Email: Walter.Chambers@mcckc.edu
Phone: 816.604.1260 x9272

Walt ChambersWalt Chambers has been involved in the Kansas City music world for over 30 years. He was the owner of Music Station, a retail music store in Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs, MO for 15 years.

Active as a performer in many diverse venues and styles, it has been his good fortune to work alongside many of the area’s finest players. He continues to perform and do studio work, as well as instructing privately and at the MCC-Longview campus.

Velton Fleming

Office: Liberal Arts Bldg, room 111
Email: Velton.Fleming@mcckc.edu
Phone: 816.604.1260 x9202

Velton FlemingVelton Fleming was proficient in a variety of African and Afro-Cuban instruments-congas, bongos, bells, shakere, and the djembe drum by the age of 20. But his studies were far from complete. Soon after this period and in later years, Mr. Fleming began playing with such notables as a Babatunde Oluntunji, Dom Um Ramao, Gil Scott Heron, Melvin Deal, Sun Ra, Frank Colon (presently with Manhattan Transfer), Larry Harlow and the Temptations. Velton Fleming moved to Kansas City in 1981. Since that time, he has performed and taught traditional music in schools, community centers, and universities throughout the metropolitan area. In addition to teaching and performing, he was the founder of Manos, New Village, and Maus do Samba, three folkloric ensembles performing locally. Mr. Fleming is a former member of BCR, a local world beat band.

Velton’s most cherished project is the formation of The Traditional Music Society, an arts organization devoted to multi-cultural education. This organization, composed of musicians and dancers sharing a similar background in folk music, has developed numerous programs that teach culture history through music and dance from around the world. He considers himself fortunate to be able to maintain his studies with teachers Bernard Wry, Augustine Romero Diaz from Cuba, Abu Bukari from Ghana, Abdullah Camara from Senegal, and Moacyr Marchini from Brazil, as he continues to perform and teach as well.

Mr. Fleming holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Park University and a Master’s degree in African American Disciplinary Studies from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Roberta Gregg

Office: Liberal Arts Bldg, room 111
Email: Roberta.Gregg@mccckc.edu
Phone: 816.604.1260 x9203

Roberta GreggRoberta Gregg has taught at MCC-Longview since 1998. She teaches piano, music appreciation and fundamentals of music. In addition to her academic duties, Roberta has served as an accompanist for The Mighty Voices of Longview and various student recitals and performances. After completion of a Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Central Missouri in 1975, she taught elementary music in the Fort Osage school district for seven years. In 1981 she completed her Master of Arts in Music Education at the University of Central Missouri. Honors received during college include membership in Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Kappa Phi.

While raising her family Roberta has been a private piano instructor with a large studio has accompanied many students at music contests both at the district and state levels. From 1995-2006 Roberta held the position as pianist for the First Baptist Church in Lee’s Summit and has continued to serve them from 2006 to the present as organist.

Shawn Hallis

Office: Liberal Arts Bldg, room 111
Email: Xiang.Hallis@mcckc.edu
Phone: 816.604.1260 x9281

Shawn HallisShawn Hallis is a voice instructor at MCC-Longview. She completed her doctorate in vocal singing at the University of Texas at Austin in 1995 and currently she is awarded as a touring artist from Missouri Art Council. Shawn has also worked as a voice professor at Shanghai Teacher’s University, taught studio voice and group voice classes at University of Texas at Austin and Metro Community College at Omaha, and was honored as a touring artist from 14 States Heartland Art Council. She performed with Austin Symphony, Omaha Folk Art Festival, and many local Concerts in Austin, TX, in Omaha, NE, and in the Kansas City area.

Ginger Haydon

Office: Liberal Arts Bldg, room 111
Email: Ginger.Haydon@mcckc.edu
Phone: 816.604.1260 x9244

Ginger HaydonGinger Haydon became a piano instructor at MCC-Longview in January 2009. She has been a private piano instructor in the Lee’s Summit area since 1989. Ginger has also performed piano professionally and has produced a CD of her original piano compositions. She has been a volunteer accompaniest for John Knox Village choirs. Ginger began her college music studies at Longview and is happy to be back in the Longview community.

John Parcell

Office: Liberal Arts Bldg, room 111
Email: John.Parcell@mcckc.edu
Phone: 816.604.1260 x9205

John ParcellInstrumentalist John Parcell is a retired music teacher from the Kansas City School District and has taught both vocal and instrumental music from elementary through high school. He teaches music for elementary teachers at Longview. He also plays and teaches woodwinds, brass, and percussion.

Professionally, John is a member of the Greater Kansas City American League Concert and Marching Band, which was recognized as the #3 rated Concert Band at the National Competition in summer 2011 at the American Legion Convention In Minnesota. Also, he is a founding member of the Lee’s Summit Brass Quintet that performs at various community events for charity and is the Missouri Executive Director for "Bugles Across America." This national organization provides the live playing of "Taps" for veterans who have served their country honorably in the military upon their passing away. Mr. Parcell coordinates its membership in the playing for these veterans throughout the state.

Last Modified: 5/2/16