Rachel Alexander

Rachel 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 years.

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 nine 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 (Group W Bench), and has begun to discover the joys of writing her own songs.


Festival Choir / 3-5pm in the Gym
Join us for a fun and stimulating exploration of choral singing and sight-reading basics. We will learn two song (Spiritual by Ysaye M. Barnwell and Ain't No Power by Laura Love, arranged by Rachel) to perform after the intermission at Saturday’s evening 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.

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