The Lakewood Area Choral Society is now in its twenty-eighth year of bringing quality choral music to audiences throughout Michigan. The choir, under the direction of Robert C. Oster, was formed in January of 1986 to provide adults from in and around the Lakewood School District (Lake Odessa, MI) with an opportunity to sing in a large, semi-professional chorus. To date, the Choral Society boasts a roster of one hundred and ten amateur singers representing numerous communities in western and mid-Michigan. The performers range in age from their 20’s to over 80 and represent various and diverse occupations.
Yearly, the Lakewood Area Choral Society presents numerous sacred and secular concerts throughout the state. They have performed at the Welsh Auditorium in Grand Rapids, Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo, the Opera House in Grand Ledge, and the Renaissance Center in Detroit. The Choral Society has appeared twice at the annual Grand Rapids Arts Festival and at Art in the Park in Lake Odessa, and has held many concerts at various fairs, schools and churches. The choir has sung the National Anthem for the West Michigan Whitecaps, the Lansing Lugnuts and the Detroit Tigers as well as for high school basketball games in the Lakewood area. In the past fifteen years, the Choral Society has embarked on two European trips, in 1997 and 2000, as well as a trip to New York in June of 2004. In 2007, the Choral Society returned to New York and then cruised to Canada, with concerts performed in Halifax and Saint John. Click here to view photos of these trips. A 25th anniversary trip to Chicago was taken in June 2010, and a trip to Washington DC is planned for June, 2013.
The Choral Society's season runs from March through December each year, and rehearsals are normally held on the first and third Mondays of most months from 7-9 p.m. at Sunfield United Brethren Church outside of Sunfield, MI.