Keep the music alive!
There is a special joy that can only be found in the powerful blending of voices united in song. Through the centuries, music has helped capture the spirit and essence of great moments.
Encouraging the future generation of musical talent is essential to preserving this tradition. A special fund has been established in the name of Detroit Concert Choir’s Founding Director, Gordon Nelson. The Fund was designed to:
- Honor Gordon Nelson and keep his memory alive
- Support our efforts to encourage young people to join the Detroit Concert Choir by helping defray membership costs
- Provide financial assistance to worthy young musicians who share in the Detroit Concert Choir’s artistry
To support this funding opportunity, please designate Nelson Scholarship Fund in the memo line of your donation to the Detroit Concert Choir.
Meet the recipients of the Gordon Nelson Scholarship 2019-2020 Season
NOAH CHERRY, Bass, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Oakland University. He has served as a church musician and music substitute teacher throughout the metro Detroit area. Noah is honored (and excited!) for the opportunity to sing with the Detroit Concert Choir this season.
KAYVON KASHANI-GHARAVI, Assistant Conductor and Tenor, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Oakland University where he had the opportunity to be a student conductor of both the Oakland Chorale and University Chorus and perform in the 2017 Oakland Chorale European Tour. He holds a Master’s in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College, and was the Chorus Master for the Westminster Opera theater productions of Die Fledermaus and Die Zauberflöte.
ABIGAIL MCKAY, Soprano, is a 2019 graduate of Oakland University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance. While attending Oakland, Abigail sang principal roles in student productions of Weill’s Street Scene and von Flotow’s Martha. She has extensive experience singing in ensemble settings, and currently holds a staff position at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit. She is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Detroit Concert Choir.
Our thanks to the following for their support of the scholarship fund:
Brandon & Danielle Johnson
Gerrie & Betty Ball
Bob & Rebecca Meyers
Gregg & Beth Stobbs
Richard Aude & Joy Crawford
Mike & Heidi Coburn
Ray Laethem Motor Village
Rory Bolger & Helene Rottenberg
Douglas & Diane Ingamells
Dr. Joseph & Michelle Metes
Jim & Christine Rice
Jeff & Christine Rouce
Sam & Veronica Smith