John King has been a member of the voice faculty at Albion since 2007 and director of the opera workshop since 2001. He holds a MM degree in voice/pedagogy from the University of Colorado. He has performed in US and Canada in Operas, Musicals and Concerts. He has also performed on Canadian Television and is a professional voice-over person for a number of companies and also on-air TV advertising. He taught public schools for over 30 years (mostly here in Albion) and is the president of Albion Community Theatre. His Musical and straight theatre background includes over one hundred roles and a similar number of directorial jobs. John performed with Robert Shaw in Brahms’s German Requiem for the inaugural concert at Carnegie Hall.
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Elena Solero received a Bachelor of Music in saxophone performance from DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) and a Master of Music in saxophone performance from Bowling Green State University, where she studied with John Sampen.
She is currently in her fourteenth year as a staff pianist and vocal coach at Albion College and has accompanied at Indiana/Purdue University-Ft. Wayne, Ft. Wayne Suzuki, and Kellogg Community College as well as several churches, competitions, and choirs. In addition, she has taught at KCC, IPFW Prep, and the Battle Creek Community Music School. She also teaches a private studio of saxophone and piano students and has served as saxophone soloist with the Marshall Community Band as well as Music Director for many Marshall Civic Players productions. She resides in Marshall.
Jim Otto has been a public school music teacher for 33 years. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. After a year as Graduate Assistant to the Michigan Marching Band, Mr. Otto began his career as Director of Bands at Hillsdale Community Schools. While at Hillsdale, he earned his Master’s degree in Brass Winds Performance from the University of Michigan. In 1986 he went to Dearborn Edsel Ford High School where he taught for 15 years. He was Department Chair responsible for overseeing the Music Humanities curriculum and Director of the Marching Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Symphony Band and Concert Band. Mr. Otto is currently Director of Bands at Beach Middle School in Chelsea and Associate Director of the Chelsea High School Bands.
During his career, Mr. Otto has served in a number of capacities for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association including: Vice President for Band & Orchestra and President of District 8, Vice President for Marching Band, Solo & Ensemble as well as President for District 12, and finally Vice President for Jazz and Chairperson for the Conducting Workshop at the state level. He was voted Orchestra Teacher of the Year for District 12 in 1995. He is an adjudicator for the Solo & Ensemble Festivals and Band & Orchestra Festivals. In 2010, he was selected to be a member of the American School Band Directors Association.
Mr. Otto currently plays French Horn with The Liberty Brass Quintet. He has performed with the Croswell Opera House in Adrian, the Chelsea Area Players, the Dearborn Symphony, Southfield Symphony, The Vanguard Voice and Brass, Plymouth Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Jackson Symphony, soloist and first horn with the Hillsdale College/ Community Orchestra as well as many other regional community orchestras and brass ensembles.
Albion College Piano Festival 2012
November 1-4, 2012
The Albion College Piano Festival began in the fall of 2008. It was inspired by the memory of Vera Reed, an Albion resident and piano teacher who taught into her nineties and played even later in her life.
While there is a competition element, and students can compete for cash prizes, it is our hope that students will find this festival to be more about performing, meeting and hearing other students, and taking lessons/master classes from Albion Faculty and guest artists. In other words, we view this festival as educational first and foremost.
For more information email
or call (517) 629-0481
Albion College hosts MMEA Collegiate Conference on April 24
Albion College will host the first annual Michigan Music Educators Association collegiate conference on Saturday, April 24. The conference welcomes collegiate music students and pre-service teachers from Michigan. The conference will feature sessions on a variety of topics of particular interest to music education majors and pre-service teachers including:
- Building a Collegiate NAfME chapter
- Music Advocacy: A How To
- Balancing the Life of an Educator
- Band & choral literature reading session (with opportunities for participants to conduct)
- Teaching Abroad
For more information, visit the MMEA website or contact
Marching band sign-up
Sign-up for 2012 British Eighth Marching Band - Our season begins with camp August 15th - 24th. See the British Eighth ensemble page for more information, or contact