OUR DIRECTORS -- Battle Creek Sweet Adelines Chorus is blessed to have the leadership three outstanding professionals: Lynne Peirce. Certified Harmony 500 Director of the Chorus; Julie Zehnder, Certified Harmony 500 Director and Marilyn Kidd as Certified Director, proudly serving as the Associate Directors of the Chorus.
Lynne brings to the BCSA much experience and passion to her new position with BCSA. A Sweet Adeline since 1985 and a front line director for the past eighteen years, she has been the Director of Voices In Harmony Chorus (Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, MI) for 12 years. She is a certified musical director in both the Sweet Adelines (2005) and men’s Barbershop Harmony Society (2002), as well is an active performer in 3 quartets – Novelty Shop, Surefire (Region 17 2015 quartet champions), and Swing Sisters. Lynne has served the local Sweet Adeline regions as Vice Regent, Chapter Coordinator, Administrative Education Coordinator, directing faculty, Director Coordinator, and Director of the Young Women in Harmony Chorus. She is currently serving Region 17 as their Leadership Development Specialist.
Julie Zehnder recently celebrated 54 years with Sweet Adelines this year and was the Director of BCSA for 38 years. She is serving as the named Directors’ Liaison for Region 17 under the Education Committee. The Chorus Director Liaison communicates educational needs, and goals of the front line chorus directors, assistant directors and associate directors within the region with the Regional Education Director and Education Resource Staff
Marilyn Kidd takes a special interest in the vocal skills development of the chorus members. A member of Sweet Adelines since 1990, Marilyn served as a Frontline Director for Mid-Lakes Chorus (Plainwell) before transferring to Battle Creek. She has continued her musical/vocal education through the years and consistently brings back new information to help each Chorus Member develop their quality, tone, and endurance, all towards the betterment of the chorus.
OUR MUSIC TEAM
Karen Botfield - Tenor Section Leader
Sunday Troutman - Tenor Ass't. Section Leader
Linda Sheldon - Lead Section Leader
Carla DeLaRosa - Lead Ass't. Section Leader
Marilyn Kidd - Baritone
Karen McCormick/Nikki Barnett - Baritone Ass't Section Leaders
Julie Zehnder - Bass
Denise Holden - Bass Ass't Section Leader
Nikki Barnett - Choreographer
Karen McCormick - Visual