The group consists of some 70 singers who gather from over 35 communities in and around Detroitand its surrounding tri-county area. The membership includes singers with a rich background in choral music, including music teachers, college students, professionals, and retirees. The group has been fortunate to rehearse at Grosse Pointe North High school for over 20 years and has been housed at Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church since 1996.
Management of the choir is handled by the Executive Director, who works in conjunction with the Artistic Director, Board of Directors, an Administrative Assistant, and a group of very dedicated volunteers. Members of the organization maintain an active schedule of concerts, rehearsals, fundraisers, and community projects and savor the opportunity to develop relationships with members, patrons, the arts community, and the public.
The Detroit Concert Choir provides an outstanding collection of inspiring and enlightening performances to local audiences each year. Concert venues include historic churches and contemporary auditoriums. The choir typically offers 6-8 performances as part of an annual concert series, as well as several community outreach performances. The choir’s performances incorporate high quality vocalists and instrumental musicians with distinct musical programs on multiple dates in separate locations around the area. Because of performances in various locations in the tri-county area, up to 4,000 patrons attend Detroit Concert Choir concerts and programs each year.
In addition to the choir’s own concert series, the ensemble seeks to enrich the cultural offerings for the city by singing for community events and by collaborating with fellow arts groups. The choir has performed numerous concerts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and has been featured on four separate occasions at American Choral Directors Association Conventions. The group has also performed for local television and radio programs, sporting events, and as featured artists for various community functions. Just recently, Detroit Concert Choir members performed a concert of Broadway music at a local senior residence, and performed at the opening ceremonies for the ALS Walk on the Detroit Riverfront.
With a desire to play a vital role in our area’s cultural landscape, the Detroit Concert Choir is dedicated to promoting choral music of high artistic merit and cultural enrichment for the community. Goals of the choir include providing artistic and performance opportunities for volunteer and professional musicians as well as educational outreach for young people and adults. Weekly rehearsals and occasional sectional rehearsals and vocal workshops are designed to encourage both choral and individual artistic growth.