Annual Giving Campaign

Sistrum is a membership-based choral organization that relies on a combination of membership pledges and music fees, grants, concert revenue, and fundraising efforts to meet our $64,000 annual budget. We provide scholarships for women who need them to cover their membership fees and other participation costs as well as grants for chorus members experiencing hardship during difficult times.

To support Sistrum’s mission to create music that inspires, empowers, and entertains, there are several options. You may make a donation now by:

     1. Going online to DONATE at Network For Good 

     2. Texting the word “Give” to 517.296.6004; or, 
     3. Sending your check to

Sistrum, The Lansing Women’s Chorus, 
Nancy Colflesh, Ph.D.,

5688 Bayonne Avenue 

Haslett, MI 48840.

If you have already provided for Sistrum in your Will or a trust, have it on your “To Do” list, or would like information on how to do so, please contact

The mission of Sistrum, Lansing Women’s Chorus, is creating music that inspires, empowers, and entertains. As a 501(c)(3) organization, all gifts made to Sistrum are deductible as charitable donations to the full extent allowed by law. Its EIN number is 38-2851629.

2020-2021 Sistrum Circle of Friends

Dovey Johnson Roundtree

5+ Advocate for abolition, temperance, civil & women’s rights in the 19th century


Claudette & Bruce Andersen

Lynn Babcock

Kathleen Badgley

Nancy Benjamin

Andrea Bonfiglio

Diana Bush

Kelly Colflesh

Joan & Joe Daly

Bill Hart-Davidson

Chas Fuller

Jacqueline Fuller

Camille Gabris

Lauren Glass

Judy Golden

Suzy Grace

Melody Grieves

Michelle Gustafson

Forrest & Marilyn Hale

Amy Hodgson

Dori Hopkins

Jaimie Hutchison

Maria Jaszewski

Glenna Johnson

Alayne Kazin & Karen Grote 

In honor of Claudia Davis

Veronica Kelly

Heather LaFave

Ann Lawrence

Geralyn Leannah

Suzanne Levy

Sara Lluberes

Sara McGirr

Lynn Meissen

Patricia Mort

Beth & Mark Principe

Brianna Roberts

Diane Roth

Mary Sabaj

Julia Shapiro

Carol Siemon

Susan & M. Lynn Spruill

Melissa Usiak

Rawley Van Fossen

Jamie Young

Melanie Zaremba

Amanda Dubey-Zerka

Wilma Mankiller

$250+ First woman elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation


Scott Allen

Phil & Elaine Colflesh

Nancy Colflesh

CJ Kruska

Teresa Martin

Shanna Spickard

Kathy Taphouse

Beth Whaley

Patty Wieber

Sistrum Board of Directors 

Women in the Arts Festival

Audre Lorde

$50+ American lesbian writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, & civil rights activist


Shina Alade

Bill & Cathy Amundsen


Burt Bargerstock

Tina Brenner

Marsha Chance

Heidi Clark

Frances Cook

Michael Dallaire

Jane Evans

Muriel Feigenbaum

Jean Folk

John Forslin

Barb & Jerry Fuller

Mandy Fuller

Penny Gardner

Melodee Graybill

Margaret Holtschlag

Kathy & David Hunt

Jaimie Hutchison

Carl & Anna Ill

Emily Jaszewski

Karen & Jerry Jennings

Hari Kern

Fred Kester

Sharon Ketchum

Stan & Karen Kogut

Syndee Malek

Madeline & Robert Mavrogordato

Martha Mertz

Rose & Mark Moroski

Melanie Morrison

Carmela Mulanix

Erin North

Marcia O’Brien

Susan Pierson

Bill & Gloria Purosky

Michele Booher Purosky

Alex Quinlan

Christine Rouleau

Cory Savino

Annette Skinner

Sue Stibitz

Debra Stuart

Patti Tavano

Kris & Barb Bohnstedt-Thirn

Jennifer Thrush

Linda Uhler

Kathleen Valentine

Shelly Van Huis

Elizabeth Wallace

Mary Wegenke

Mama Wilson

Dolores Huerta

$500+ Advocate for Hispanic civil rights, cofounder of the National Farm Workers’ Union, & founder of Agricultural Workers Association


Edyne & Allen Gordon Foundation

Mara McGill

David O’Dowd


Katie O’Sullivan-See 

In honor of GLAMS: Greater Lansing Area Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense

Sistrum Development Team

Ann Zinser

Patsy Takemoto Mink  

$100+ First woman of color elected to the US Congress and the first Asian-American congresswoman


Cindie Alwood

Rebecca Bahar-Cook

Stacy & Ben Bailey

Dawn Bentley

In honor of Nancy A. Colflesh, PhD

Miles Biel

Sherrie Boak

Reba Bossenbroek

Mary Boudreau

Misa Cady

Kristin Carpenter

Marla Mitchell-Cichon

Janice Combest

Linda Danders

Claudia Davis

Sharla Erbe

Julia Freije

Patty & Tony Garcia

Amy Geishert

Laura Geist

Jamie Geist-Rosenthal

Don-Nee German

Carol Glass & Jeff Haley

Terry Grant

Peggy Graybill

Lisa Haston

Paula Hoelzer-Maddox

Shannon Huff

Jan Jewell

Stephen Keskes

Linda Kramer

Evan & Annette Lewis 

In memory of Judy Bohms

Karen Manuel

Molly McBride

Sally McWhirter

Ronald & Barbara Meloche

Grace Menzel & JB McCombs

M. Kate Murphy

Joann Neuroth & Carolyn Lejuste

Phyllis Nix

Janet Osuch

Michelle & Matthew Rick

Katie See

Anne-Marie Sladewski

Trixie Long Smith

Richard Stauffer

Jean Stewart

Tess Tavormina


Laurie VanEgeren

Toni Young



Ruth Bader Ginsburg

$1,000+ US Supreme Court Justice & advocate for gender equality & women’s rights


Note: Several anonymous donations were given in honor of CJ Kruska, Amy Geishert & Melodee Graybill