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Sylvia Karpinsky - Master Director

Sylvia Karpinsky brings with her an extensive music background and a formidable list of accomplishments in Sweet Adelines– not the least of which is as the tenor in the 1991 International Championship Quartet SWING STREET. 

Sylvia has also directed two choruses in Regional Competition,  the second of which took first place with a score over 600 points,  landing her the designation as a Master Director. She has been a master of ceremonies for Sweet Adelines competitions in Michigan, Ohio and Ontario. Sylvia also shares her energy and love of this art form when she coaches other choruses and quartets in Region 2.

  Her home is in Sterling Heights with her husband and two sons. She sings baritone in the chorus quartet Dream On! and plays the piano and flute. 

  She is a retired 35-year Hamtramck elementary school teacher, instructing vocal music and bi-lingual studies. And in her off time, she enjoys water skiing, walking, reading and wave-running.

  With her list of tremendous abilities in directing and singing, Sylvia brings an energetic love of barbershop harmony with her and we enjoy her talents and time with us more than we can say.



Our Associate Director

Peggi Starkey

Sweet Adelines has been a part of Peggi's life since 1981. She has been a member of three different choruses: River District, Seaway Sounds (where she was Assistant Director) and Great Lakes Chorus. She has achieved the Status of Certified Director within Sweet Adelines.

Peggi has a Music Education Degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. A busy lady, she currently teaches private piano and voice lessons and sings in  her church choir as well as being a travel agent with YTB International.

Peggi helps us each week with all aspects of improving our singing. Her talents are evident often as she directs the chorus and small groups at performances and shows throughout the year. Peggi's experiences with Sweet Adelines also include competing on the Regional level with her quartets Wake-Up Call, DCQ! and PHAN. She is currently singing Tenor in a mixed quartet called “Double Date” with her husband Al, and good friends Brian and LouAnne Kaufman.

She is married to Al and has two grown children, Reed and Jill.

We are very fortunate to have Peggi share her many musical talents with Great Lakes Chorus.

Our Assistant Director

Kay Kastens

Kay has been a member of Great Lakes Chorus since 1978 and before that sang with SOC chorus in Royal Oak. She is a member of Great Lakes' Music Staff and often directs small group performances, assists with vocal warm-ups and lead section rehearsals. She is a past President, has been show chair and has worked on show scripts and written song parodies. She has a rare sense of humor that keeps us all laughing.

Kay has held several Regional offices-Past Regent, Marketing/Membership Coordinator on Regional Management Team; is currently on Regional Education Task Force.  Has taught Leadership , Membership and Right/Left Brain Classes at Regional weekends

 She is a graduate of MSU and Wayne State and holds a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology

She is a retired English teacher from Lamphere Schools in Madison Heights; her post retirement work includes Writing Instructor for Utica Schools and volunteer tutor with Literacy Organizations.

 Kay loves traveling, her cottage at Canadian Lakes  and  watching the Detroit Red Wings.

We are so grateful to have Kay in GLC. We learn from her at every rehearsal.