Music, Theatre, Dance Faculty & Staff
Director of University Singers and Select Women's Ensemble
1223 The Haas Center for Performing Arts
Shirley Lemon retired from Grand Haven Area Public Schools in 2013 after a glorious thirty five year teaching career in choral music. During her tenure at GHAPS, her choirs earned superior ratings at all District and State Choral Festivals. The Grand Haven High School Choral Ensemble performed numerous times at the Michigan Music Conference and were chosen twenty-five times as one of the top ensembles in the state, enabling them to perform at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. The Chamber Choir was chosen three times as the Outstanding Choir in Michigan.
Ms. Lemon conducted the Michigan School Vocal Music Association’s 7-8-9 Honors Choir in 1989, High School SSAA Honors Choir in 2003 and will conduct the high school SATB Honors Choir in 2015. She served MSMVA in every office including President and is currently the Advocacy Supervisor. She is secretary to ACDA-MI. Ms. Lemon has presented sessions at the MSMVA Summer Choral Directors Workshop, Michigan Music Conference, and ACDA Fall Conference.
Ms. Lemon was selected by the Grand Haven Community for the Excellence in Service Award in 1990 and her MSVMA colleagues honored her as Vocal Music Teacher of the Year in 1995. The Michigan Music Educators Association honored her in 2014 with the Award of Merit.
Ms. Lemon has served on the faculty at Hope College, Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University. She is currently directing the GVSU Singers. Ms. Lemon serves as a mentor for many teachers and is in constant demand as a clinician throughout the state. She and her husband Thom have a lovely and talented daughter Myrtle who is attending St. Olaf College as a choral music education major.