Alexander grew up in a musical family, and learned to read music
before she learned to read words. She earned an undergraduate degree
in cello performance, and much later, a Master's in choral conducting.
In between, she worked as a carpenter and studied piano technology,
and in 1986, shortly after moving to Michigan, she founded Sistrum,
the Lansing Women's Chorus, which she directed for the next 15½
As Sistrum’s artistic director, Rachel conducted 150- to
250-voice festival choruses at six women’s choral festivals,
and for several summers in the early 1990s she directed or assistant-directed
a festival chorus at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival.
For the past ten and a half years, Rachel Alexander has been the
director of music and the adult choir director at the Unitarian
Universalist Church in East Lansing. She also tunes pianos, sings
and plays cello and various other instruments in a band ( Bench),
and has re-discovered writing and arranging her oun material.
Choir / 2:40-5
pm in the Gym
Join us for a fun and stimulating exploration
of choral singing and sight-reading basics. We will learn
two songs to perform after the intermission at Saturday’s
Community Sing (participants need to purchase Saturday
evening sing tickets). Sheet music will be handed out at
the workshop. All welcome – no previous choral singing
or sight-reading experience required.