About  Us  

Little Traverse Choral Society 
Board of Directors
2021-2022
Frank Nemecek
President

Petoskey

Ethel Larsen
Vice President

Petoskey

Phyllis Marshall
Secretary

Brutus

Carolyn Klender
Librarian
Charlevoix
Maureen Delaney-Lehman

Petoskey

Drex George

Burt Lake

Millie Janka

Boyne Falls

Ellen Kendall

Charlevoix

Scott Smith

Petoskey

Adam Boyce
Music Director

Petoskey

 
Julie Falls
Executive Director

Petoskey

(989) 859-3350

Carol Bosché
Treasurer

Indian River

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Adam Boyce
Music Director
Petoskey

Adam Boyce became the Music Director for the Little Traverse Choral Society in August 2020.  Adam holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Michigan State University.  He brings 17 years of experience in choral directing and music education, including teaching positions in Hartland, Williamston, and Haslett public schools in Michigan.  His school choirs consistently received top ratings at district and state festivals. Numerous choirs, ensembles, and soloists under his direction have been featured at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival.  He also has served as a district manager for the Michigan School Vocal Music Association.

Adam, his wife, and four children currently live in Northern Michigan where he continues his involvement in choral activities as a consultant and adjudicator.

In addition to his music activities, Adam enjoys an active lifestyle with his family in hockey, snow skiing, and water sports.  He and his wife are actively engaged in multiple non-profit organizations to help bring awareness and advocate for safe environments for our youth.

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.

Commissioned Work

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

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.

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. 

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.