Magic of Manatee, the Bradenton chapter of Sweet Adelines, has appointed Stephen Ditchfield as the new choral director.
He takes over for the previous director of over 30 years, Lois Van Beek, who resigned due to health issues. (She’ll still be singing from the risers.)
Ditchfield lives with his family of accomplished singers in the Sarasota area where he became director of the 100-man Sarasota Chorus of the Keys.
They won the Sunshine District 2004 Chorus Championship, and for the first time in the chapter’s history, qualified to compete in the 2005 International Chorus
Competition where they scored among the top 30 choruses in the world.
The Sweet Adelines, a four-part women’s harmony group, welcomes guests and
prospective new members to watch rehearsals every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Bradenton Christian School, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton.