Music - Piano Studies

Department of Music and Dance

About the program:

The piano studies at Kilgore College offer the serious piano student a variety of performance opportunities. An annual concerto program with orchestra takes place each spring spotlighting piano majors as they perform a movement of a concerto with orchestral accompaniment. Piano events hosted by KC include an annual Bach Festival, Concerto Competition and the David Karp Piano Festival.

The KC Piano Ensemble and the Keyboard Orchestra are comprised of students who perform on electric pianos with sequencers. These traveling teams perform for civic groups, clubs, and other organizations.

Visit the Keyboard Orchestra webpage

Preparation for a four-year school:

Piano Studies at Kilgore College offers interested pianists an intensive way to prepare them to continue their education at a four-year college or university with already well-defined leadership and performance skills honed here at KC. It accomplishes this via outstanding performance opportunities afforded to all students as well as participation in nationally acclaimed piano ensembles.

Course information:

Sandra Siler
Position:
Instructor, Music and Piano
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Sandra Siler has been the head of piano instruction at Kilgore College for over 23 years. A native of East Texas, she studied music at Kilgore College under Anne Dean Turk where she was named Who’s Who in Music. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University where she was named the Paul van Katwijk piano scholarship recipient. She studied piano with Dr. Harris Crohn and pedagogy with Louise Bianchi and Dr. David Karp. She received her Master of Arts in Piano Performance from Stephen F. Austin State University where she studied with Dr. Andrew Parr. She is certified with the National Piano Teachers Association, Kindermusik and the American College of Musicians. While at Kilgore College she has organized the annual David Karp Piano Festival and the Anne Dean Turk Concerto Competition and has developed an electronic keyboard laboratory. Her keyboard orchestras have performed at various conventions and conferences across the country, as well as local service clubs and organizations. Kilgore College presented Siler with the Innovative Teaching Award in 2008. Sandra was nominated by KC as a Piper Professor candidate in 2011. The Henderson Daily News has awarded her the Best Piano Teacher/Musician in the East Texas Area numerous times, most recently in 2010 and again in 2012. She is in demand to present workshops, piano concerts and adjudicate throughout the country.
Kristen Threadgill
Position:
Adjunct Instructor, Piano
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Kristen Threadgill has returned to Kilgore College as adjunct vocal faculty and as assistant director of the Kilgore College Keyboard Orchestra. Additionally, she maintains a private voice and piano studio in her hometown of Henderson, Texas. Ms. Threadgill earned an AA in Music from Kilgore College, a BA in Music from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas and is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree at Stephen F. Austin State University. She has had the privilege of studying piano and with Sandra Siler and voice with Jeanne Johnson, Nancy Elledge, and Cheryl Parrish. As a singer, Ms. Threadgill has performed in local musical productions and as a soloist in many works. In addition to teaching, Ms. Threadgill enjoys directing the Music Makers Children’s Choir at First Baptist Church of Henderson.
Cathy Waggoner
Cathy Waggoner
Position:
Adjunct Instructor, Piano
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A native of Henderson, Texas, Ms. Waggoner has served as a piano instructor at Kilgore College since 1977. She studied piano with Anne Dean Turk at Kilgore College, whee she was named Who’s Who in Music. Ms. Waggoner received her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Eduction degrees from the University of North Texas. Maintaining a private piano studio in her home for students of all ages, she has judged both piano and children’s choir festivals. She is also the pianist for First Baptist Church in Henderson, accompanying the adult choir and playing for worship services. Ms. Waggoner has two married children, Timothy and Cindy, and eight grandchildren.

For information about Music - Piano:

Sandra Siler
Instructor, Music and Piano
Music and Dance Department
Phone:
(903) 983-8120
Office:
Tech. Voc. Bldg. (TV), 201
Cathy Waggoner
Adjunct Instructor, Piano
Music and Dance Department
Phone:
(903) 988-7519
Office:
Tech. Voc. Bldg. (TV), 209
Kristen Threadgill
Adjunct Instructor, Piano
Music and Dance Department
Office:
Fine Arts Bldg. (FA), 7C