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About Us

Powerful Message. Musical Excellence.

Welcome to Sistrum, where music becomes a powerful force for change and unity. As Lansing's premier treble choir, we provide a harmonious haven where women of all backgrounds find solace in their voices and camaraderie within our diverse community. Through our advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights, feminism, and social justice, we raise our collective voice to inspire positive action and foster inclusivity. Join us in embracing the transformative power of music as we strive for peace, equality, and freedom for all.

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The Songs Our Mothers Began

In 2001, Meredith Bowen assumed the directorship, continuing the legacy of excellence in music and message. Meredith earned her Masters in Choral Conducting from MSU in 2005 and pursued her DMA starting in 2012. In Spring 2016, Dr. Bowen assumed the Director of Choral Activities role at Radford University in Virginia. Following a national search, Sistrum welcomed Meghan Eldred as artistic director in fall 2016.


In 1985, Rachel Alexander relocated to Michigan from Missouri, where she co-founded, served as assistant director, and accompanied the St. Louis Woman’s Choir. Upon settling in Lansing, she embarked on a new venture, birthing the Lansing Women’s Chorus in January 1986. For 15½ years, Rachel helmed the chorus, renamed Sistrum in 1989, with a vision rooted in musical excellence, feminism, and the transformative power of collective female voices for social justice.

Throughout the years, Sistrum's women have evolved, facing challenges, celebrating diversity, and fostering unwavering support. Today, Rachel Alexander continues to inspire and uplift the chorus, lending her voice to the harmonious blend that defines Sistrum's legacy.

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We are waiting to welcome you.

Musical Connection.    Inclusive Community.

Board of Directors

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Meghan Eldred-Woolsey

Artistic Director (Non Voting)

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