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Elaine Tselepis Sheetz ’71 Sings at National Memorial Day Choral Festival

Elaine Sheetz at her northern Virginia home

Elaine Sheetz at her northern Virginia home

Last year, Michigan’s Lenawee Community Chorus performed the music of pianist and composer Elaine Tselepis Sheetz ’71 at its 50th anniversary concert. This year, chorus members asked Elaine to join them in singing at the National Memorial Day Choral Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

The Lenawee group was one of seven choruses that won the audition to perform in the 210-member festival chorus. Under the direction of Craig Jessop, former music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the festival chorus shared the stage with the US Air Force Symphony Orchestra before a crowd of more than 2,400.

In July, Elaine was to spend two weeks in Italy working on the music score for a film about Florentine Renaissance artist Masaccio. She also wrote the score for the 2018 Italian film Waiting for Bardot.

Elaine Sheetz with the Lenawee chorus at the National Archives Building

The Lenawee Community Chorus at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Elaine Sheetz is at the center of the photo.

Lenawee chorus at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC

The Lenawee Community Chorus at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC