Volunteer BCC instructor for musical theater productions


Barton at Fort Leavenworth Music Instructor Colvin Hooser spends most of his days educating his students on everything from fundamentals to rock and roll history, but in his spare time this summer he was able to volunteer as a member of the pit orchestra for the KC Zone Theater in the Park Organization as a bassist and guitarist.

Barton Community College’s director of learning services in Fort Leavenworth, Erika Jenkins-Moss, said she supports Hooser’s participation.

“I think it’s a great way for us to build relationships,” she said. “Barton is here because of our local community, which is not just Fort Leavenworth, but sprawls across this part of the state, so any chance we have to contribute in any other way outside of our campus is a positive thing. “

Hooser said he enjoys giving his time to the community by contributing to such enriching and fun media. He performed in two shows this summer, “Curtains” and “Newsies”.

“Musical theater is one of my interests because of the skills involved and how musicians fit into the process,” he said. “The ability to be flexible and follow the music director as he follows the action on stage can be as difficult as the music itself. “

Hooser has always been connected to music.

“After my childhood career dreams, music is the only thing I ever wanted to do,” he said. “I have been fortunate enough to be a part of the music business for most of my adult life in a variety of ways including playing, organizing, composing, working in recording studios, designing and installing sound systems, selling and repairing. Even when I thought about quitting music, an opportunity presented itself that made me back down. “

Hooser said that playing is an exciting and rewarding activity.

The best part of the performance is when the whole, whether it’s an instrumental group or the cast of a musical, becomes greater than the sum of its individual parts, ”he said. . “You can physically feel the ‘lift’ of energy, which is amazing in rehearsal, but mind-blowing in performance.”

Hooser will be in action again soon and has made a name for himself as one of the many shining stars in Barton’s music department.

“I enjoyed my teaching and performing experiences at Barton,” he said. “I especially enjoyed the opportunity to perform with the faculty and students of the Great Bend campus. I can’t wait to perform with other professors again at the faculty recital on September 16th. “

Theater in the Park takes place in the Shawnee Mission Park in Shawnee Mission and celebrated its 52nd season in 2021. With nearly 35,000 people in attendance each year, the organization has been very popular for many years and attracts people from all over the world. Johnson County and Kansas City. areas. For more information on Theater in the Park, visit theatreinthepark.org. For more information about Barton Community College in Fort Leavenworth, visit fl.bartonccc.edu.


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