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André Strydom


Born in South Africa, André began organ, composition, and vocal studies in high school.  In 1982, he founded the Johannesburg Chamber Choir and Orchestra which he conducted for ten years. André was on the medical staff of Johannesburg General Hospital’s Department of Cardiology from 1985-1991, but left medicine to pursue a career in music. He received his Licentiate Diploma (LTCL) in piano teaching from Trinity College of Music (UK), then came to the US in 1992, where he obtained a Master of Music degree from the University of Central Arkansas.

André was selected to participate in the 1998 Karelia International Conducting Master Class in St. Petersburg and Petrozavodsk, Russia. He returned to Russia the next three summers to continue conducting studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. 

In 2002 André was appointed Minister of Music and Principal Organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where he directed a diverse music program.  He also conducted several musical theater performances, and was adjunct professor of music at the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff from 2007 to 2013.

In 2013, André became Director of Music and Organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Bentonville, Arkansas, where he also regularly performed as Principal Pianist with the Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas.  In 2018, André became Organist and Director of Music Ministries at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Petoskey. He has performed at the Bay View Music Festival and became Chorusmaster of the GLCO in 2020, which he prepared for this year’s performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony


André joined the Little Traverse Choral Society as Director in 2022.

                                                        Ellen Kendall 

Charlevoix based free-lance pianist who has performed throughout the Midwest and Pennsylvania.  Ellen has a BM degree in piano performance from Michigan State University where she studied with concert artist Joseph Evans as well as an MA from the University of Michigan.  She is a member of the Windover Piano Duo which specializes in performing the music of women composers as well as standard repertoire for two pianos and duet.  She has been a noted for accompanying young performing artists in regional and statewide concerts and competitions.  



Board of Directors

​President - Frank Nemecek 
Vice President - Drex George
Executive Director - Julie Falls
Secretary - Maureen Delaney-Lehman
Website Design - Ruth Music
Poster Art - Millie Janka
Bobbie Barger​
Cheryl Staats - Program Layout 
Ethel Larson   

Eric Shea

Meg Brodie Ideker 

Music Director - Andre Strydom 

Treasurer - Carol Bosche (non-board member) 

Librarian - Carolyn Klender




Our History

1989 Changed name to Little Traverse Choral Society 

1990 Received IRS  tax-exempt status

1991 & 1993 Chorus for Michigan Opera Theater

  • Verdi's "La Traviata" 

  • Rossini's "La Cenerentola"

2010 Received eddi award for Arts and Cultural Organizations

2014 New logo designed by Millie Janka

Commissioned Work: "My Father's Love" by   Wendal Werner

inspired by marquetry panels depicting the life of Christ

created by

Ed Lantzer of Kalkaska

Premiered Chorale "Prelude on St. Crispin"

composed by Tom Woehrman of Harbor Springs

Premiered "American Requiem" based on letters and poems

written by American servicemen during Viet Nam War

composed by 

Jerry Westerman of Petoskey

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