Battle Creek, MI – May 22, 2018 … The Battle Creek Chorus – Sweet Adelines (BCC), under the direction of Certified Harmony 500 Director Lynne Erskine Peirce, recently returned from Great Lakes Harmony Region 17 Competition May 17-18 in Cleveland, Ohio and was awarded 2019 – Third Place, Division A and placed Eighth overall. Sixteen Choruses competed on stage.

BCC is an award-winning a cappella chorus for women singers, earning many accolades, including 2017 – 18 1st Place Division A and 2016’s 2nd Place Division A. Sweet Adelines International (SAI) Great Lakes Harmony Region 17 contains parts of Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania and has over 800 members in 22 choruses and over 30 registered quartets.


Also at the Regional Competition, the award-winning Surefire Quartet placed 3rd in the Quartet Division. Sixteen quartets competed. Surefire has earned many achievements, including: 2018 Region 17 2nd Place Quartet & International Wildcard Competitior, 2017 2nd Place Quartet, 2016 4th Place Quartet, and 2015 1st Place Quartet.

The quartet consists of: Lead Sara Clevenger, who is a musical leader in the Greater Harmony (Pittsburgh, PA area) chorus Bass Lynne Peirce, who currently directs the award-winning Battle Creek Chorus in Battle Creek, Michigan and was also the director at Voices in Harmony Chorus, Ypsilanti, MI where she directed for thirteen years, before coming to Battle Creek.

Baritone Lisa Beckett, who sings with the Greater Harmony Chorus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Tenor Dawn Seigneur … the musical director of the River Raisin Chorus in Monroe, Michigan.

BCC practices regularly Mondays from 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM at the Battle Creek Masonic Center and encourages women of all ages to attend a rehearsal to learn a unique form of a cappella singing in the barbershop style. For more information regarding their upcoming performances or to visit the Chorus as a guest, please contact Karen McCormick, Team Leader, 269-251-1348 or email,; Membership Chair Julie Zehnder 269-372-2742 or email; or visit their website at The Chorus returns to regular rehearsals on June 10th.

BCC is celebrating their 60th Anniversary as a member of Sweet Adelines International. Founded in Tulsa, Okla., in 1945, SAI is a nonprofit musical education association for women. A Sweet Adelines chorus is a musical asset to its community. With more than 500 Sweet Adelines chapters located throughout the U.S. and 14 other nations, the organization empowers 21,000+ members around the world to grow musically, socially and individually as they perfect the art of a cappella, four-part harmony. Performances and competitions allow members to grow in their confidence on and off stage, and for decades the organization has proudly perpetuated barbershop music — one of a few forms of music native to the United States.

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