Meet Our Director

Ms. Cynthia Ohrt

Choral Director, Ms. Cynthia Ohrt has been a director of choral activities and music education in St. Clair Shores for over 40 years. Ms. Ohrt is from the Thumb Area of Michigan where she began her musical journey at the age of four. While in Bay City, Ms. Ohrt was heavily involved in choirs, bands, musical theater, church organist, piano lessons, and numerous summer theater productions. She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from Michigan State University (1969-1973). Additional endorsements were earned from Eastern Michigan University and Oakland University in school administration and curriculum. Ms. Ohrt received her Masters Degree from University of Phoenix in Curriculum and Instruction.

During her 38 years in the Lake Shore Public School District, Ms. Ohrt was awarded the Teacher of the Year in 1989 and 1999. Being a mentor to two student teacher music educators was a very rewarding experience while she guided and instructed two young music teachers towards their final degree and into seasoned Music Directors in Southeastern Michigan.

To enrich the music curriculum at Lake Shore, she introduced a Special Education Music Class for all levels of learning disabled students. In addition, she introduced, wrote the curriculum for, and passed the requirements through a District Curriculum Team to allow students to earn Fine Arts credits for graduation - and thus, the Shorian Singers Show Choir became a part of the LSHS approved curriculum in 1988. In addition to directing the Lake Shore HS Choirs and the SCSCC, she also was the Lake Shore Public Schools Auditorium Director for 20 of her 38 years at Lake Shore.

Numerous division I and II ratings were earned by the Lake Shore Singers, the Women's Glee Club, and the Shorian Singers. From 1973-1986, LSHS Choirs attended the MSVA Solo & Ensembles. Following those local events, these groups became known nationally, under her direction, due to 25 years of competing in music festivals such as - Fiestaval Heritage, Magic Music Days, three Bahama Music Festival at Seas aboard the Sovereign of the Sea and Monarch of the Sea (earning two Grand Championships), and finally, one year at Festival Disney. At these festivals, choirs under her direction always earned division I or II and placed and ranked at the top position or at least the top three - nationally. In addition to the competitions, her choirs performed numerous Broadway Musicals including - Les Miz, Phantom, Showboat, West Side Story, Oklahoma, Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and The Beast, Oliver, Anything Goes, and No, No, Nanette, to name a few.

In June 2011, Ms. Ohrt retired from Lake Shore Public Schools but continued on with her passion with the St. Clair Shores Community Chorus. From 1998 to the present, she has been directing the SCSCC. This opportunity has allowed Ms. Ohrt to blend young people and mature people into the long standing chorus. Ms. Ohrt believes blending all age levels into one organization that promotes a unified musical sound is a very special opportunity that will keep the music alive in the Shores for years to come.