The Detroit Performing Artists, Inc. is a 501c3 tax-exempt arts organization that promotes musical excellence by uniting people through inspiring concert performances, education, and community engagement. The current activity of the Detroit Performing Artists, Inc. is the Detroit Concert Choir.
The Detroit Performing Artists, Inc. / Detroit Concert Choir was established in 1987 by its founding Artistic Director, Gordon Nelson (1931-2015), a life-long music educator whose passion for choral singing and desire to enhance the lives of others through music, became the foundation for a group that developed into local, national, and international pacesetters of choral music. The Choir has been under the capable direction of Dr. Brandon Johnson since 2015 and is advancing efforts to encourage and expand choral arts opportunities for young people and adults throughout Metro Detroit. We desire to live in a community moved and inspired by exceptional music.
The Detroit Concert Choir has a worldwide reputation for excellence and is the recipient of 18 awards, including the prestigious Choir of the World title from the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod in Wales and the nationally acclaimed Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence. The choir has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and has been featured at American Choral Directors Association Conventions. The group performs for local television and radio programs, sporting events, and as featured artists for various community functions.
The diverse membership of the 70-voice choir includes musicians of varying ages, backgrounds, and walks of life who gather from over 35 communities throughout Southeast Michigan. To meet the needs of this wide demographic, the choir rehearses and performs in various locations in the greater Detroit area. Office space has been provided by Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church since 1996.
The Detroit Concert Choir provides an outstanding collection of inspiring concerts and programs with 10-12 performances each season. Repertoire spans from contemporary a cappella compositions, to American folk and gospel, to great classical works for chorus and orchestra. In addition to the Choir’s own distinct concert series, community outreach activities and collaborative performances take place in concert halls, historic churches, intimate settings, and festival stages. An estimated 4,000 patrons hear the Detroit Concert Choir each season.
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 all. Weekly rehearsals and vocal workshops are designed to encourage both choral and individual artistic growth.
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Our Mission

We seek to promote musical excellence by uniting artists through inspiring concert performances, education, and community engagement. We aspire to be an exceptional choral ensemble, committed to musical diversity, evoking passion, and educating our members and audiences. We seek opportunities to present our music to audiences across the nation and around the world.

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Our Artistic Director

The Detroit Concert Choir is proud to introduce its Artistic Director, Dr. Brandon Johnson. Dr. Johnson has had extensive experience in conducting youth and adult choirs.

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Our Singers

The group consists of 70+ singers who gather from over 35 communities in and around Detroit and its surrounding tri-county area.

DCC Endowment Fund

Everyone wants to be remembered and to leave some indelible mark on the world to make it a better place. Why not start with the Detroit Concert Choir Endowment Fund?

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Community Rewards

We are always on the look-out for simple ways to earn extra funds for the choir. Here are some on-going fundraisers that are easy to use, at no extra cost to the consumer.

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