Battle Creek, Michigan – June 3, 2019 … The Battle Creek Chorus - Sweet Adelines (BCC) recently had their annual installation of Team Leaders and dinner Monday, June 3rd at Schuler’s Pub in Marshall.    The following members assumed office for 2019:

Team Coordinator – Karen McCormick, Plainwell

Certified Director – Lynne Erskine Peirce, Ann Arbor

Secretary/Communications – Denise Holden, Battle Creek

Treasurer – Emma Turton, Kalamazoo

Membership – Julie Zehnder, Kalamazoo

Community Relations/PR/Performance Manager – Jackie Olsen, Plainwell

Assoc. Director/Costumes – Marilyn Kidd, Delton

Assoc. Director/Show Chair – Julie Zehnder, Kalamazoo

Team Member/Membership Assoc. – Dawn Wendzel, Richland

Team Member/Communications Assoc. – Nikki Barnett, Paw Paw


Chorus members were also honored by the following awards:


The Liz Lapekas - Sweet Adeline of the Year Award is given to a member during the current calendar year by a vote of her peers who has exemplified the core values of a BCC member by her leadership, professionalism, dedication of time and energy to the organization and teamwork. The 2019 recipient  is Karen McCormick.

Booster Awards were also given to Karen Botfield (Tenor Section Leader) and Denise Holden (Bass Ass’t. Section Leader) for their contributions in helping the chorus continually improve, grow and strive to be a championship chorus.

BCC is an award-winning a cappella chorus for women singers, earning many accolades, including 2019, 3rd Place,  2017 - 18 1st Place Division A and 2016’s 2nd Place Division A.  Sweet Adelines International (SAI) Great Lakes Harmony Region 17 contains parts of Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania and has over 800 members in 22 choruses and over 30 registered quartets. 


BCC practices regularly Mondays from 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM at the Battle Creek Masonic Center and encourages women of all ages to attend a rehearsal to learn a unique form of a cappella singing in the barbershop style. For more information regarding their upcoming performances or to visit the Chorus as a guest, please contact Karen McCormick, Team Leader, 269-251-1348 or email, [email protected]; Membership Chair Julie Zehnder 269-372-2742 or email [email protected]; or visit their website at The Chorus returns to regular rehearsals on June 10th.

BCC is celebrating their 60th Anniversary as a member of Sweet Adelines International. Founded in Tulsa, Okla., in 1945, SAI is a nonprofit musical education association for women.  A Sweet Adelines chorus is a musical asset to its community. With more than 500 Sweet Adelines chapters located throughout the U.S. and 14 other nations, the organization empowers 21,000+ members around the world to grow musically, socially and individually as they perfect the art of a cappella, four-part harmony. Performances and competitions allow members to grow in their confidence on and off stage, and for decades the organization has proudly perpetuated barbershop music — one of a few forms of music native to the United States.