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"Manistique Community Chorus"


Manistique Community Chorus practice 2018

choir singing graphicThe Chorus is made up of people who live or spend their summers in the Manistique area. Participation in the Chorus is open to anyone who is 13 years old or older. The Chorus sings mostly secular music in 3 or 4 parts, with piano accompaniment.

Manistique Community Chorus practice 2018Beginning  in 2018 Michael Peitsch** began as the Director, with Ginger Stark** as the pianist.

Due to scheduling difficulties there will, unfortunately, not be a concert in 2019. To join the Chorus and participate in the 2020 concert or if you have any question, contact the Director, Mike Peitsch, at 906-341-0042 .

Last year's concert was a great success! --->

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 4:00 pm

Manistique Community Chorus CONCERT!

"A Grand Night for Singing"

at the Manistique High School Auditorium

with soloists soprano Jodi Louwsma and pianist Maurita Holland

Big THANKS to all who participated!! And the audience, too.

Donations at the door by audience members have been generous and are very much appreciated. It helps in a big way to purchase music for the singers! Thank you to all who contribute, at the concerts and as special donations.

SINGERS - Unfortunately, due to scheduling difficulties there won't be a concert this year (2019). But a 2020 concert is planned so if you are interested keep that in mind.



Michael PeitschMike was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan.  While attending Concordia University-Chicago, he was a member of the Kappelle Choir.  He graduated with a degree in education with a major in music.  He taught in Lutheran schools for 15 years, but then returned to school and earned a degree in engineering.  After 25 years in engineering, Mike and his wife, Georgia, moved to Manistique in 2014, and consider it one of the best moves they have ever made. In his spare time, Mike has enjoyed restoring his vintage sports car, doing theater, both musicals and straight plays, and singing with the Master Singers, a male chorus in Appleton, Wisconsin. Mike is currently semi-retired and enjoying more time for hobbies, grandchildren, and relaxation.

For more than 30 years Mike has been the director of music, choir director, and church organist at several of the churches he attended. After moving to ManistiqueMike has enjoyed singing with the Manistique Community Chorus, which is why he is looking forward to directing the Chorus this year.


Ginger StarkGinger was born and raised in Elgin, Illinois.  The summer before her senior year in high school, she spent a summer studying piano and voice at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, near Traverse City.  After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and education at Lake Forest College, she taught elementary school in Elgin & Evanston, Illinoisand raised four children.  In 1973, she and her husband, Jim, took a vacation in the Manistique area.  They loved the area so much they bought the Sequoya Resort and spent six happy years there.  After teaching in Texas and Waukegan, Illinois, she and Jim returned to the Manistique area for good in 1998 and had an antique store at Trader’s Point for many years.

Besides serving as an accompanist at the First Methodist Church, Ginger has enjoyed accompanying the Manistique Community Chorus, the Manstique High School Glee Chorus, some of the Manistique School musical theater productions, and entertaining the residents at the Medical Care Facility every month.

THANK YOU! former Director Jim Russey (along with pianist Ginger Stark) for getting the Community Chorus going and for seven wonderful concerts. 

The Lake Effect Community Arts' "Manistique Community Chorus" began in the spring of 2013 and continued through 2017 under the direction of Jim Russey, with multi-talented pianist Ginger Stark. The number of participants continued to grow as did the quality of the singing! Each concert has been unique and something to look forward to. There have been 40 to 60 singers participating in each of the concerts. The concerts have been a wonderful addition to the community and for the enjoyment of singers and audiences alike. We look forward to future concerts! 

The Community Chorus is an amateur choir for anyone 13 years of age or older who is interested in being a part. All are welcome; no prior choral experience is required. The Chorus is not only an opportunity to sing together but to learn as well.

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