As one of the largest music programs at a two-year college in Texas, we graduate students every year who are ready to excel at the university level and beyond.
Universities actively recruit TJC Music majors, and our students transfer all over the United States. At TJC you'll have performance opportunities as a freshman and sophomore that you won't get anywhere else.
The Tyler Junior College Music Department would like to invite interested and qualified students to audition for music scholarship opportunities and entrance into our many outstanding music ensembles.
Please follow the link below to fill out the information form and then email the Music Department Chair, Heather Mensch for more details and instructions on how to submit a video audition. We look forward to hearing you perform soon!
Heather Mensch, Music Department Chair
Areas of Concentration
the Piano Faculty provide students with numerous opportunities to excel in artistic and technical studies, while providing a variety of master class and performance opportunities.
TJC vocal majors develop strong technical and performance skill which have helped them find admittance into many of the top music schools in the nation, like the Boston Conservatory, Yale, S…
Students of Frank Kimlicko have opportunities to perform within the guitar ensemble and as soloists, traveling to Spain, as well as performing in a variety of guitar master classes and compe…
Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion students gain experience in multiple ensemble styles, as well as honing their solo instrument with exceptional professors, guest artists and master classes, e…
Calendar of Events
Professors in the Music Department are active performers and experienced educators.
Who We Are
- Heather Mensch, Professor/Department Chair - Music
- Tom McGowan, Assistant Director of Bands/Professor - Percussion
- Jeremy Strickland, Director - Bands/Professor - Music
- Frank Kimlicko, Professor - Music
- Andrea Trent, Professor - Voice
- Kara Story, Interim Director of Choral Music
- Dr. Gjergji Gaqi, Professor - Music/Piano
- Charles Praytor, Professor - Piano/Music
- Dr. Eddie Airheart, Assistant Director of Bands/Professor - Woodwinds
- Micah Bell, Professor - Music/Bands
What Our Students Say
"The staff of the music department will always be very close to my heart. My voice teacher is still one of the most influential people in my life because I use the techniques she taught me every day on the job directing middle school choir in Tyler ISD. Upon leaving TJC I was more than equipped to enter SMU at the same level as the other juniors there."
Choir Director, Three Lakes Middle School
"TJC prepared me in such a way that I am now an Opera Performance student of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music at the State University of New York in Purchase, New York. Upon arrival at my new institution, I knew without a doubt, I would never be here today without all I have gained from my alumni."
Julianne E. Casey
Student, State University of New York at Purchase
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