Who We Are

The Flint Festival Chorus was founded by J. Dallas Dort in 1913.   Mr. Dort's ambitions were to form a musical organization to "unite all persons of the city into a musical union, for the benefit of all people in the city".  More than 100 years later, the choir still involves persons from the greater Flint area, and brings together singers from ages 18 to 80 to perform both as a concert choir and as a symphonic choir. 

What We Do

Led by directors Nada Radakovich and Jeffrey Walker, the choir rehearses at FIM Monday nights between the first Monday after Labor Day and the final concert of the year. Rehearsals include voice-building exercises, sight-reading, and exercises to discover all the best ways to make the music sing.  Every year, the choir sings with the Flint Symphony Orchestra for both Holiday Pops in December, and one other choral and orchestral concert during the season.  Maestro Enrique Diemecke takes over as the concerts approach, and leads both choir and orchestra with great inspiration and insightful musicianship.  Everyone in the Chorus is in agreement that we have the best seats in the house for these concerts. Free of charge! 

In some years, the choir gives its own performance of non-orchestral choral works.

How To Participate

Auditions are required for new members. The auditions are mostly a way for the conductor to greet new singers, welcome them into the fold, and find the correct placement for them in the choir.  We are seeking enthusiastic, committed singers with a great love for choral music and the choral art. 

Concert Attire

Men wear a tuxedo with a black cummerbund and black bow tie. 

Women wear a dress and jacket from Stage Accents.  New singers need to be measured at the beginning of the season so that an order can be placed in time for the December performances of Holiday Pops. 

All singers must purchase their own concert attire. 

Travel Opportunities

In 2014, 30 members of the Festival Chorus traveled to France for the Paris Choral Festival.  They sang the Fauré Requiem in the church for which it was composed, L'Eglise de la Madeleine. 

The chorus also sang at the American Cemetery in Normandy on the fourth of July, then toured to Chartres Cathedral and to Mont. St. Michel. Eleven other choirs from the United States were also in attendance. 

During the summer of 2015, 25 of our singers went to Interlochen for the Adult Choir Camp, under the direction of Jerry Blackstone. These trips have afforded our choristers with an excellent opportunity for further growth as singers as well as wonderful times for camaraderie. 

Nada Radakovich
Jeffrey Walker

Darline Alderson
Julie Borruso
Jerri Buiting
Aaron Connor
Nancy Dahle
Audrey Ditri
Karen Eaton
Judy Flavin
Victoria Fraser
Debbie Gardner
Christina Geisler
Roxann Guzak*
Rebecca Gwillim
Marion Harger
Patricia Lewis
Debbie McKnight
Patricia Minshall
Melissa Mueller
Rita Politis
Linda Rathburn**
Elizabeth Rodgers
Joyce Saxton
Patrice Shriver
Diane Springer*
Barbara Stewart
Rosa Wang
Harriet Warnick


Judy Wolbert
Leigh Ann Wood

Linda Angus
Rachel Edwin
Pam Elliott
Cassie Hall
Jennifer Howard
Maggie Jerrim
Chisandra Lambert
Maryanna Langley
Pat Lewis
Chris Luttenbacher*
Diantha Martin
Rose Morris
Ginny Myers
Kaye Pescatello
Mary Jane Poit
Diane Reed
Clare Swanson
Wendy Warren
Marlene Weston*
Darleen Yaskanin

Greg Austin
Joel Cuttitta
Richard Ebbott
Robert Fraile
Daniel Harrett


Brendan Hieshetter
Ronald Kinney
Julius Militante
Jackson Pratt
Hal Richards
Timothy Weston*
Brian White

Robert Agle
Robert Baker
Philip Baldwin
John Bloomfield
James English
Jerry Hill
Robert Hoag
Kenneth Johnson
Johnny Kantor
William Karas
Joseph Konzer*
Gary Lindell
David Lindsey
William McDonald
Glenn Miller
James Parks
James Petricevic
John Pobocik
Jeff Straley
Jerome Wolbert

*section leader



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