Little Traverse Choral Society
Board of Directors
Relationships with other Choral Groups
The LTCS is one of several choral ensembles in the tri-county area. Other groups which provide musical opportunities for vocalists are: The Northern Michigan Chorale, the Charlevoix Men’s Chorus, the Motley Madrigals, and the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Chorus.
The Little Traverse Choral Society is the only non-audition ensemble which performs classical music. LTCS has collaborated with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra before the GLCO Chamber Chorus was organized and many LTCS singers regularly sing in the above groups.
Chris started working for Gaylord Community Schools in 2008 as the Vocal Music Instructor at the middle school and high school. Before coming to Gaylord, Chris taught choir at Central High School in Pageland, South Carolina. In the spring of 2015, Chris became the principal of Gaylord High School. Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Albion College and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Central Michigan University. Chris attended Roscommon schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade, and is happy to continue to work and live in Northern Michigan.
When not at school, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife Aleece and their two children. Though no longer teaching choir, Chris remains active in choral music. He is a member of the Michigan Educator's Male Ensemble, a small men's chorus that performs around the state. Chris was appointed as the music director for the Little Traverse Choral Society in Petoskey, Michigan in November of 2016.
Performances & Collaborations
LTCS maintains an annual series of two choral concerts. All concerts are performed at two different locations to be accessible to the widest possible audience.
The LTCS also collaborates with other music organizations from across the state.
Students at Northern Central Michigan College may earn college credit by singing in the group. The LTCS has also developed a scholarship program with emphasis on sponsoring training for young vocalists.
My Father’s Love
The LTCS presented the world première of the choral and orchestral work entitled My Father’s Love on April 21 and 22, 2012 under the direction of Dr. Tim Hendrickson, Director of Choral Activities at Delta College.
The LTCS commissioned Wendel Werner, a nationally known jazz pianist, singer and composer, to compose the work. Wendel Werner is on the faculty at University of Tennessee as director of the Tennessee Singers Jazz Choir and at Walton State Community College where he directs the Women’s Ensemble and the Concert Choir. Werner is a church musician, a composer in several genres, and a renowned jazz pianist. His complete biographical information is online at: www.wendelwerner.com.
The music was inspired by six of the more than thirty mosaic marquetry panels created by the late Ed Lantzer of Kalkaska. Lantzer created each of the amazing panels, some as large as 8 feet X 12 feet, by gluing thousands of diamond shaped wood tiles in contrasting natural shades to a plywood base. All are illustrations of Biblical themes. The large wood panels illustrate several biblical passages such as the Last Supper and the Crucifixion.
The six movements of My Father’s Love are entitled: “Creation,” “Adam and Eve,” “Moses,” “The Birth,” “This is His Son,” and “Crucifixion”. The LTCS was accompanied by pianist, Rita McIntyre, plus strings, and other instruments on some of the pieces. A PowerPoint presentation of photographs of the panels was shown during the concert. Rounding out this all Wendel Werner program was his lively spiritual, “My Mountain.” This song was written for Tim Hendrickson and donated by him to the Little Traverse Choral Society.
This photo represents one of the more than thirty mosaic marquetry panels created by the late Ed Lantzer which inspired the My Father's Love work.
LTCS Christmas Concert, "Let There Be Light" under the direction of Interim Music Director, Jan Johnson, Ellen Kendall at the piano with flutist, Liz Fedewa, and Hanna Artfitch playing harp.