In 1985 Rachel Alexander moved to Michigan from Missouri, where she had been the co-founder, assistant director, and accompanist of the St. Louis Woman’s Choir. After moving to Lansing, she decided to start a chorus here, and in January of 1986 the Lansing Women’s Chorus was born.

1991Valentines ConcertRachel Alexander directed the chorus (renamed Sistrum in 1989) for the next 15½ years. Her vision for the chorus was one of musical excellence, rooted in feminism and her belief in the power of women singing together as a tool for social justice.

In 2001, Rachel passed the baton to Meredith Bowen, who continues the commitment to excellence, both in music and in message. Over the years the women of Sistrum have grown together, facing challenges, respecting differences and supporting each other.

sistrum instrumentOur name comes from a musical instrument, a rattle used in ancient Egypt. It was kept in constant motion as a symbol of Isis, the sacred and ever-changing Life Force. We draw upon the words, music, and energy of women composers, arrangers and poets to educate, entertain and inspire our audiences.

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