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.