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

Megan Higle, Interim-Treasurer

Miranda Hartmann, Secretary

Kim Ringlever, Parent Liaison

George Bennett

Advisory Board Members

Rev. Robert Higle

 

Artistic Board

Members

Megan Higle, Artistic Director

Ben English, Assistant Director

Jemal Tavadze, 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. In 2020, Megan was appointed to the Mayor's Commission for Art and Culture for the city of Lansing.

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, Jemal Tavadze

Native of Tbilisi, Georgia, Jemal Tavadze is best known in his country as a theatre composer and a pianist performing a wide variety of solo and chamber music repertoire. He has performed as a soloist in the Big Hall and Small Hall of the Tbilisi State Conservatory and has played solo recitals in Sweden, Germany and Italy.  In most recent years, he has regularly participated in the Contemporary Music Festival in Tbilisi, premiering the works of contemporary Georgian composers. His performance of Giorgi Janiashvili’s “Muffling Fog” (multimedia work after M. Heidegger) has gained a wide acclaim among Tbilisi Conservatory faculty and composers. 

As a composer, he has cooperated with the State Drama Academical Theatre, Youth Theatre, Akhmeteli Drama Theatre and others on music for the stage, and his music is still heard in many theatres of Georgia. His interest in diverse musical styles and genres also led him to found the first klezmer music band in Georgia, for which he still serves as artistic director. 

Tavadze holds MA in piano performance and composition from Tbilisi State Conservatory. Currently he is pursuing DMA in piano performance at Michigan state University under the guidance of Deborah Moriarty.

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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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