About us

 

We are a choral music program for children and youth in Lansing and surrounding communities. Any qualified child between the ages of 8 and 18, with a desire to sing is welcome to participate.

 

We are currently an “open” group, there are no auditions necessary.

 

Placement is based upon musical and vocal readiness, emotional maturity, consistency of focus, attitude and leadership as well as age and vocal quality.

 

The Lansing Trebles is for ages 8 – 13 (unchanged voice), geared toward first experiences with choral singing.

 

The Lansing Youth Chorale is for ages 13-18, where previous experience is helpful but not necessary.

 

 

 

 

Mission

 

Our mission is to provide a creative outlet, through singing, for the children and youth in Lansing and surrounding communities by the rehearsal and performance of

quality children’s literature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choir Goals

 

• To reach the highest level of artistic excellence in choral music performance as we can.

 

• To explore, rehearse and perform repertoire of all styles and period.

 

• To provide a program of music that is an extension of the classroom.

 

• To enrich the lives of children from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds in the Lansing geographic area.

Executive Board Members

 

Benjamin English, Executive Director

Kathe Smith, President

Kathy Banghart,  President Elect

Kathy Banghart, Treasurer

Miranda Hartmann, Secretary

Kim Ringlever, Parent Liaison

George Bennett

Cheryl Dudley

Advisory Board Members

Rev. Robert Higle

 

Artistic Board

Members

Megan Higle, Artistic Director

Ben English, Assistant Director

Marina Stojanovska, Accompanist

Our Director, Megan Higle

Megan Higle’s passion for teaching children and youth music began in 1999. Megan earned a Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance summa cum laude from Marygrove College (Detroit) and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Oakland University.

She is presently serving First Presbyterian Church of Lansing as their Director of Music, teaches K-6 General Music at Montessori Children's House of Lansing, is the Music Director of the Dewitt Community Singers, and is the Co Founder and Artistic Director of the Lansing Children’s Choir.

Megan is an active vocal coach and piano teacher in both Lansing, Ferndale and Detroit. She has served as Music Director for Project DayDream (Birmingham): shows including Seussical the

Musical, Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast. Rent, Willy Wonka Jr., Little Mermaid

Jr., Annie, Cinderella and Lès Miserable. She was Adjunct Faculty at Marygrove College where she taught courses in Ear Training, Music Technology, World Music and Music Appreciation. She also served as instructor for the Institute of Music and

Dance while at Marygrove teaching voice class, vocal coaching and piano to school age youth in the city of Detroit.

Megan has served as the Assistant Conductor of the Oakland Chorale, Oakland University Chorus and Oakland Symphony Chorus under the direction of Dr. Michael A. Mitchell and served as Special Lecturer for the Oakland University Chorus while Dr. Mitchell was on sabbatical. She worked under Suzanne Mallare Acton (Rackham Symphony Choir) as her conducting intern for two years.

Megan brings positive energy and love of choral music to all facets of her work enabling her to be an active choral clinician and adjudicator for middle school and high school choirs throughout the state. She is an active member of The American Choral Directors Association serving as the Repertory and Resources Chair for Boy’s and Children’s Choirs for Michigan. She is also a member of The Michigan School Vocal Music Association, Chorus America and Music Teachers National Association.

Our Exec. Director, Benjamin English

Benjamin English has had a passion for music for as long as he can remember.

He has been an active member of the Lansing Theatre community since his first musical at the age of 7. Shows including Music Man, Little Shop of Horrors, Urinetown, Hairspray, Into the Woods, Mary Poppins and Rent.

Other Musical endeavors include being the Tenor section leader at First Presbyterian Church, singing with the newly formed “TBD a capella’, and performing with the Lange Choral Ensemble for the last 8 years.

Benjamin also loves working with kids. He graduated from Michigan State University with honors with a bachelors degree in Family and Community Studies. With that degree, Benjamin aspires to work in the non-profit sector and give back to his community any way he can. He has been a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters for the last three years. He is currently the Manager of Community Engagement and Special Projects for the Wharton Center at Michigan State University. Benjamin is also certified to teach early childhood music of children K-5th grade through the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. He currently assists a “Making Music” class for children at the MSU Community Music School. Benjamin is also the owner and instructor of Munchkin Music Makers which brings early childhood music enrichment classes to children around the greater Lansing area.

Benjamin was blessed with a musical upbringing. His father, Jeff English, was the high school choir director at East Lansing High School, and his mother, Emily Clark, is a long time member of the local Lansing theatre community. His parents encouraged and inspired his love of music, and he hopes to do the same for children of Lansing, and beyond.

Music has always been a large part of his life, and for that he is eternally grateful.

Our Accompanist, Marina Stojanovska

Macedonian pianist, Marina Stojanovska, has distinguished herself as a fearless and versatile pianist, having made her concerto debut with the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra at age 14. She was hailed by the Macedonian Music Society Post as “…one of the most expressive young pianists of Macedonia.” She was a five-time First Prize winner of the MSC competition in Skopje. Additionally, she has won First Prize in numerous international competitions includingOhridski Biseri, Interfest, and Duo Piano Competition in Stip, Macedonia. Ms. Stojanovska has won Second Prize in FSMTA Byrd Piano Ensemble, and Liszt-Bartok in Sofia, Bulgaria. She was a prizewinner of Gray Perry Young Collegiate Piano competition FSMTA, Walenstein Competition, and received the title “Best Piano Accompanist” for the Woodwind Competition of Lazarevac, Serbia. She has appeared with leading orchestras including the Macedonian State Symphony Orchestra and Serbia Philharmonic. She has performed recitals in Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Germany, Brazil and the U.S.

In addition to her solo career, she has an acclaimed piano duo with her sister, Natasha Stojanovska, known as “The Stojanovska Sisters.” The duo was a three-time First Prize Winner of the Macedonia State Competition. They have performed recitals in Europe and the U.S. Their performances were broadcasted live on Radio Meff, Radio Ternipe, Sitel TV and Kanal 5.

She has worked with internationally renowned pianists such as:Olga Kern, Arnaldo Cohen, Norman Krieger, Alexander Toradze, Yael Weiss, Daniel Shapiro, and Phillipe Entremont. She has collaborated with other acclaimed artists such as: Carol Venesse, Sylvia McNair, Andreas Poulimenos, Myron Bloom, Richard Seraphinoff, Carl Lenthe, Dee Steward, Mary Ann Hart,Wolfgang BrendelPatricia Wise,Patricia StilesTimothy Noble, Thomas Robertello, James Campbell, and Eli Eban.

Marina Stojanovska began piano lessons at age three and was the youngest student to be enrolled in the Prilep Academy. Her progress soon accelerated by studying at the Music Academy in Skopje, where she was again the youngest student. She moved to the U.S. at age 16 to study at the Interlochen Music Academy. She later earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from the Lynn Conservatory of Music, where she was the first Macedonian pianist to receive a full scholarship.In addition, she served as a piano instructor at the Preparatory School of Music, teaching pre-college students. She participated in the New Music Festival, where she premiered new piano works by young composers. She earned her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University where she also earned a second degree, Performance Diploma, while serving as an Associate Piano Instructor. There, she studied with Luba-Edlina Dubinsky, member of the legendary Borodin Trio. Stojanovska is currently teaching on the piano faculty at Alma College. She is also completing her Doctorate Degree in Piano Performance at Michigan State University.

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Lansing Children's Choir

510 W. Ottowa St.

Lansing, MI 48933

Lansing Children's Choir is a 501(c)3 - your contribution is tax deductible!

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