Community participation has been the lifeblood of Center Stage Choirs for more than 55 years. Its performance season draws audiences from across the Great Lakes Bay Region and includes an exciting variety of choral programs. Five ensemble groups make up Center Stage Choirs: the Bella Voce Singers, the Camerata Singers, the Chorale, Center Stage Youth Choirs, and the Men of Music. Performances take place in the 1,500-seat Midland Center for the Arts Auditorium and the 400-seat Little Theatre, as well as run-out performances to locations around the region.
Yearly concerts like the Youth Holiday Concert, Jingle: A Choral Celebration, and Men of Music’s Spring Show are interspersed throughout the year with special choral events featuring the talents of each ensemble. Recent performances include Proud to Be an American, Brundibár, and Broadway Showstoppers.
If you have a love for vocal music, become a Center Stage Choirs Volunteer. There is a niche to fill every interest, whether you want something behind the scenes, or the “full impact” experience of sharing your gift of song! Innovative education and outreach programs nurture a love and appreciation of choral music in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Director of Choral & Orchestral Programs
Dr. Matt Travis
A native of Bay City, Michigan, Matt completed a bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance at the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Choral Conducting at Penn State University. While attending Penn State, he served as assistant conductor to the Penn State Men’s Glee Club, conducting performances at various division conferences and in domestic and international tours. During his time in central Pennsylvania, Matt was music director of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County, from 2006 to 2010. Following his years at Penn State, Matt was the Music Director at Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling, N.Y. from 2010-2014. Matt recently completed his doctorate in choral conducting at The University of Connecticut where he founded and directed the UCONN Men’s Glee Club and taught undergraduate courses in conducting and general music. In addition to his work at UConn, Matt served as Music Director of the Kent Singers and as Male Choirs Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Connecticut chapter of The American Choral Director’s Association. Matt is founder and Artistic Director of The Mid-Michigan Singers and Mid-Michigan Voice Academy.