Lakewood Area Choral Society Seeking New Members Did you sing in high school or college choir? Do you miss the thrill of singing with a large choir? Or maybe you always wanted to be in a choir, but time just wouldn’t permit. Now is the time to join the Lakewood Area Choral Society (LACS). LACS, over 100 voices strong, is under the direction of Dr. Robert C. Oster. The choir 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. Currently, the Choral Society boasts a roster of amateur singers representing twenty-one communities and twenty-five zip codes in western and mid-Michigan. The performers range in age from their 20’s to over 80 and represent various and diverse occupations. You could become one of the newest members in the choir’s 32nd season. Membership is open to anyone with choral experience who loves to sing and who is willing to be dedicated and committed to the LACS family. This year the choir is seeking new altos, tenors, and basses. On Monday, March 6 or 13, you can sit in on a Get-to-Know-Us, No-Commitment Rehearsal at 7 p.m. at the Thornapple Arts Council Leason Sharpe Hall, 231 S Broadway in Hastings. Potential new members will be welcomed and receive a loaner folder of music to be rehearsed. Potential new members will have their voice interviews on Monday March 20 or 27, from 6:00-6:50 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 239 E North St, Hastings. Detailed information regarding the choral society’s operation and voice interview specifics will be given following the Get-To-Know-Us No Commitment Rehearsal. The Choral Society’s season runs from March through December each year. Rehearsals, both full and sectional, are normally held on Monday nights from 7:00-9:00 p.m. making the commitment for singers two to three rehearsals a month. Concerts generally begin in late April and conclude with the Christmas concert in December. This year’s concert schedule includes sacred music concerts in Portland and Ionia. A June 25 pops concert will be presented as a benefit concert for the Thormapple Arts Council. One of the highlights of the LACS season is the annual Follies Show. This year the theme is All That Jazz and will feature the Thornapple Jazz Band with LACS soloists and ensembles, as well as performances by the choir. The season will conclude in December with the choral society’s Christmas concert presented at the First Presbyterian Church in Hastings. The mission of the choral society is to provide for its members an atmosphere that promotes learning and enjoyment of choral music and to provide for our audiences superior performances of choral music. As a member of LACS you will experience that joy of singing you once knew or always wanted to experience. Further information about becoming a new member is available at lacsmusic.org. Click on “Who We Are” and complete the online form under “Joining LACS.” If you would like further information, please email Joanie Oster, Executive Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 269-967-7246. Hope to see you at Leason Sharpe Hall on March 6!