Alumni Plaza the center of the Dowagiac campus


Kiana and company

The entire Institute Chorus sang six selections

Rowher conducts

Katherine Rohwer is the former Stevensville Lakeshore High School Director of Choirs


Rohwer is currently pursuing her doctorate in choral conducting at the University of Michigan

Rohwer takes a bow

The guest clinician takes a bow

Hand clapper

Chorus members contribute rhythmic clapping

Whole choir

The entire Summer Institute Choral Camp paused at the end of their program for a portrait

Concert Caps Choral Camp

Published on August 1, 2022 - 11 a.m.

Southwestern Michigan College Summer Institute’s sixth residential choral camp culminated July 30 with a concert in the theatre of the Dale A. Lyons Building on the Dowagiac campus conducted by guest clinician Katherine Rohwer.

Rohwer, former Director of Choirs at Stevensville Lakeshore High School, is lecturer of choral music at Eastern Michigan University and pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting at the University of Michigan, where she earned her master’s degree. Her 2009 bachelor’s degree in choral music education and vocal performance is from Western Michigan University.

The Institute Chorus performed six selections, Tabmur, Loomis Creek, O Schone Nacht, TaReKiTa, Hope Lingers On  and Zion’s Walls. A Chamber Ensemble sang O Domine, Jesu Christe and Come Away, Sweet Love.




Becca Aiello, Portage Northern

Kiana Blake, SMC Alumni

Amber Case, WMU Student

Lisa Chilton, SMC Alumni

Jessica Flagel, SMC Alumni

Aly Hall, SMC Student

Danielle Jacobson, Lakeshore

Eliza Johnson, SMC Student

Trystyn Little, Portage Northern

Evelyn Lobelle, Portage Northern

Alexis Maurer, Portage Northern

Amelia Maurer, Portage Northern

Taylor Masse, SMC Alumni

Sarah McAnelly, Paw Paw

Katelynn Olmstead, Paw Paw

Kat Paloyan, St. Joseph

Emily Potter, SMC Student

Natasha Stermer, Paw Paw

Mary Stewart, Paw Paw




Kenneth Creameans, SMC Alumni

Chase Ehlert, SMC Alumni

Charlie Gross, Portage Northern

Michael Hayes, SMC Alumni

Drew Hoskins, Lakeshore

Dominick Lampe, SMC Student

Abel Munoz, Paw Paw

Will Pierce, Portage Northern

Levi Tucker, Portage Northern

Kai Sopraseuth, SMC Alumni




Emma Adams, Paw Paw

Ariel Bennett, Portage Northern

Annabelle Burby Sarenius, Portage Northern

Tristan Caldwell, SMC Alumni

Kennedy Edick, Portage Northern

Mayeli Diaz, Paw Paw

Chloe Durfee, Portage Northern

Aisha Etheridge, Lakeshore

Alicia Ferguson, SMC Student

Ash Goss, Portage Northern

Kate Hill, SMC Alumni

Lily Imus, Paw Paw

Molly Parrish, Otsego

Jillian Penning, Portage Northern

Da’Shonae Reeves, SMC Alumni

Claire Robinson, Lakeshore

Jessica Schuur, SMC Alumni

Ethan Steele, Portage Northern

Anna White, Paw Paw




Kip Bartloff, St. Joseph

David Carew, SMC Director of Choral Activities

Brock Camburn, Paw Paw

Mason Chubb, St. Joseph

Theron Hutchings, SMC Student

Logan Lampe, SMC Student

Marcus Olson, SMC Student

Alex Schesnuk, SMC Student

Hunter Schuur, SMC Alumni

Trenton Smith, Portage Northern

Brayden Stevens, Lakeshore

Todd Tilly, Lakeshore


The professional staff consisted of Tami Brush, 6-12 choral director, Watervliet Public Schools, section coach; David Carew, camp director; Kenneth Creameans, section coach; Heidi Ferris, voice instructor; SMC Director of Bands Mark Hollandsworth, music theory; Deborah Mayer, voice instructor; Katherine Rohwer, guest clinician; Christine Seitz, SMC’s collaborative pianist; Tim Tobin, voice instructor; and Chelsea Whiteoak, 6-12 choral director, Portage Northern Public Schools, section coach.