POSTED: Monday, May 7, 2012 - 7:40pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 7, 2012 - 7:44pm
Kilgore, TX — Kilgore College will host two spring graduation ceremonies this Friday night with the possibility of awarding 588 degrees and certificates.
The two graduation ceremonies are set for 5:30 and 8 p.m.
The 5:30 p.m. ceremony will include students receiving Associate of Applied Science and Certificates of Completion.
At 8 p.m., Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching and Associate of Science degrees will be awarded.
KC Piano Instructor and KC’s Piper Professor nominee Sandra Siler will be the featured graduation speaker.
Siler, of Henderson, is in her twentieth year of teaching piano at Kilgore College.
A native of East Texas, Siler studied music at KC under instructor 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.
Siler received a Master of Arts in Piano Performance from Stephen F. Austin State University.
While at KC, many of Siler’s students have received scholarships to some of the top universities in the country.
She is the organizer of 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 across the country, including the 2011 keyboard orchestra which opened the Texas Music Teacher’s Convention in Arlington.
KC presented Siler with the Innovative Teaching Award in 2008, and the Henderson Daily News has awarded her as the Best Piano Teacher/Musician in the East Texas Area numerous times, most recently in 2010 and 2011.