Welcome to the Little Traverse Choral Society Website. Our membership includes approximately 70 voices ranging in age from 16 to 80, representing communities from Cheboygan to East Jordan. Membership is open to all without audition.  

The mission of the Little Traverse Choral Society is to enhance the cultural life of northern lower Michigan by performing classical and contemporary choral works of distinction. Its goals are to inspire, educate, and expand the musical awareness and appreciation of both singers and audiences and to promote lifelong involvement in choral music by encouraging the participation of singers and audiences of all ages.

LTCS now Rehearsing for 25th Anniversary Concert

For the past 25 years, the Little Traverse Choral Society has performed major choral works by Bach, Brahms, Mozart, Hayden, Schubert, Rutter, and 'P.D.Q. Bach' a.k.a. Peter Schickele - the flip side of serious.  From dinner theater performances highlighting Leonard Bernstein's "Candide" and "West Side Story to premiered original choral compositions by local composers Thomas Woehrman: "Chorale Prelude on St. Crispin," Jerry Westerman: "American Requiem" and commissioned composer, Wendel Werner: "My Father's Love," LTCS has strived for performance excellence in classical and contemporary choral works.  

The Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, 2014 concerts will be a selection of previously performed works, including gospel, folk, an opera chorus, and favorite songs suggested by society members, book-ended by two different arrangements of "How Can I Keep from Singing," the theme for the concerts.  These concerts will be held 7:30 pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Charlevoix and 3:00pm Cross in the Woods, Indian River. The final concert will be followed by a gala dinner at the Lake Louise Methodist Conference Center.   

The Little Traverse Choral Society grew out of 16 vocalists singing around a piano in a private home in 1986.  That year they hosted the first Petoskey community "Messiah" sing along, providing soloists and organist.  The Little Traverse Chamber Singers expanded and incorporated as the Little Traverse Choral Society, a non-profit, non-audition entity in 1989.  For two years members of the society comprised the chorus for the Michigan Opera Theater's Opera-in -Residence Tour performing in "La Traviata," and "La Cenerentola."  LTCS has collaborated with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra in performances of Handel's "Messiah" and Gabriel Faure's "Requiem."  The society has also invited elementary school youth enrichment choirs and Voices without Borders youth choirs to perform during their concerts.

Throughout the years, LTCS has been supported by grants from the Bay Harbor Foundation, the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, the Great Lakes People Fund, the Frey Foundation, local business and choral music patrons.  Goals of the society are to inspsire, educate and expand the musical awareness and appreciation of choral music.

Contact Us:

Little Traverse Choral Society
PO Box 2417
Petoskey, MI 49770


President: Bruce Turner (231) 347-3408
Executive Director: Sulane Hamilton (231) 526-5093