First Congregational to present spring choral concert

MANISTEE —  The First Congregational UCC Church of Manistee will present a choral concert, “Sing into Spring,” at 2 p.m. on April 22.

Featuring Sashay and MEME, this concert is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken.

The Sashay quartet, registered with the Sweet Adelines International, is made up of four fun-seeking women who love to sing 4-part a cappella harmony. This entertaining foursome includes: Sandy Scarbrough, tenor; Deb Densmore, lead; Marie Koltvedt, baritone; and Jill Watson, bass.

The women are also members of the award-winning Grand Traverse Show Chorus, a 4-part a cappella group of 40 women where Jill is the master director of the chorus.

According to this foursome, “We are all in it for the fun and glory of singing – it’s good for the soul and always puts a smile on our faces and the faces of those we sing to.”

They are also the proud winner of Deke Sharon’s “Vocalosity” a cappella contest for northern Michigan, and is the 2016 silver medalist for SAI Region II.

Also featured at “Sing into Spring” will be MEME (Michigan Educators Male Ensemble), a group of music teachers who are dedicated to strengthening the choral art in the state through performances and workshops. Members of this group teach music at the elementary, junior high, high school and college levels, and lead church and community groups as well.

Founded in 2013, MEME hasper formed with the United States Army Chorus and the Battle Creek Symphony, and for the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses National Seminar, the Michigan Music Conference and the Bay View Music Festival.

After the concert, there will be a cookies and punch reception in fellowship hall.


Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or

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