Sarah’s already busy schedule includes Music Director at Grand Blanc High School and West Middle School. Sarah’s choirs consistently perform well, earning high ratings from audiences and judges alike. In 2008, her choirs received the following comment from a MSVMA Choir Festival judge:
“I travel the state listening to choirs sing. I can promise you that you have one of the best choral programs anywhere. Don’t take that for granted. It is very precious. In my 40 years of adjudicating, this was the finest performance by a women’s choir that I have ever heard.”
Other musical endeavors include performing frequently as a soloist and serving as a private voice and piano instructor. Additionally, Sarah is an active member of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, American Choral Directors Association, and the National Association of Music Education.
Sarah holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University, studying under David Rayl and Jonathan Reed, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University.
She resides in Grand Blanc with her husband, Josh and their son Everett. They have two dogs, Kofax and Peanut. When she has free time (when?), she enjoys reading, crocheting, kickboxing, healthy cooking, and arts and crafts.
The New Century Chorale benefits from countless hours of work outside of rehearsals from members and friends. Chief among those volunteers is our Board of Directors. We thank our board for all their hard work!
Lynn Wandrey, President
Lynn joined NCC in 2003 when she relocated to Grand Blanc from Iowa to teach Anatomy and Physiology at Mott Community College in Flint. Lynn Is very grateful to have found a wonderful group to join so soon after moving to the area. In addition to singing and teaching, Lynn enjoys reading, bowling, great restaurants, and the Chicago Cubs and Bears!
Maxine Keene, Secretary
Maxine joined NCC in 2000 because:
“I love to sing and believe it is an important outreach for the community.”
She hopes her position on the Board will help to strengthen NCC’s role as a positive influence.
Maxine lives in the Flint area with her husband of 36 years, Dale. She is retired from teaching third grade at the International Academy of Flint. Maxine and Dale are often on the road to Ohio to visit son Joe and his family including wife, Pam, and grandchildren Aaron, Chloe and Lily, as well as the grandcats. They also have a daughter, Alison, who lives right around the corner from them. Alison, who is also a member of NCC, has a daughter, Evelyn, who is a great supporter of Grandma and her friends in the Chorale. Maxine also enjoys camping, reading (Yea, Harry Potter and Edward) and spending time with friends.
Michelle Peters, Treasurer
Michelle joined NCC in 2012 and has enjoyed every minute of it.
Tom Harpootlian – Community Liasion
Alison Hilyard – Board Member
Eric Koester – Board Member
Sarah Koester – Board Member
Angela Koresh – Board Member
Kathy Hopper – Board Member
Marilyn Burns, Accompanist
She holds a Masters of Piano Pedagogy from Oakland University, and has performed extensively as a soloist and ensemble member, accompanying groups such as Oxford High School Choirs, Oxford’s Classic Chorale, and Bethany Baptist Church Choir.
She currently has a music studio of thirty private students, and thoroughly enjoys teaching! She also enjoys her role as worship leader at New Hope Church in Oxford.
Marilyn works part-time as a costume designer, creating costumes for both stage shows and films. In her spare time, Marilyn enjoys running, landscaping, remodeling, and spending time with family and friends.