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Lakewood Area Choral Society seeking male singers

Lakewood Area Choral Society has been entertaining audience locally and worldwide for 34 years. Now entering its 35th year, the choir is actively recruiting tenors, baritones and basses.

The choir, under the direction of Dr. Robert C. Oster was formed in January of 1986 to provide adults in and around the Lakewood school district with an opportunity to sing in a large, semi-professional chorus.

Its repertoire ranges from sacred and classical, to show tunes and pop music.

Currently, the choral society has a roster of 90 amateur singers representing 21 communities and 25 ZIP codes in western and mid-Michigan. The performers are a diverse group who range from their 20s to 80s and pursue a variety of professions, hobbies and interests.

Membership is open to anyone with choral experience who loves to sing and who is willing to be dedicated to the LACS family. The choir is primarily seeking new tenors, baritones and basses, but altos and second sopranos also are welcome. Forms may be filled out on the website listed below.

Monday, March 9, prospective new members should attend a “get-to-know-us, no-commitment” rehearsal at 7 p.m. at Sunfield United Brethren Church, 8346 W. Grand Ledge Highway/M-43, Sunfield. Choral Society members will greet guests at the door and usher them to their prospective sections.

Detailed information regarding the choral society’s operation and voice interview specifics will be given following the informal practice.

After the initial rehearsal, those interested in becoming members will have a voice interview to check range and experience. Voice interviews will take place at Grace Lutheran Church, 239 E. North St., Hastings, March 16 for second sopranos and altos and March 23 from 6 to 6:50 p.m. for tenors, baritones and basses.

After the voice interviews, prospective new members will be invited to sit in on that evening’s sectional rehearsal. Once that is successfully completed, payment of the annual dues will make membership official. Potential new members will be welcomed and receive a folder of music to be rehearsed. To assist in experiencing the music and camaraderie of LACS, new members will be assigned a mentor who will guide them through the first season.

The choral society’s season runs from March through December. Rehearsals, both full and sectional, are normally Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. The 2020 commitment for singers is a total of 18 rehearsals and five concerts, making the total commitment 23 days of 365.

To allow time for vacations, no rehearsals will be held from mid-June to mid-August.

The concert schedule includes:

May 3 – Jenison Center for the Performing Arts.

June 14 – First Baptist Church in Portland.

Aug. 30 –  Pleasant Valley United Brethren Church, Lake Odessa.

Oct. 25 –Hastings Performing Arts Center, joined by the Jackson Chorale for a 35th anniversary gala concert.

December (date to be determined) – Christmas concert at Lakewood High School Auditorium.

Further information about becoming a member and registration is available at, by clicking on “accepting new members” then “register here.”

Additional information can be obtained by emailing Joanie Oster, executive assistant,, or calling 269-967-7246.





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