Gerrie Ball, is a talented professional pianist and organist. Since 1988, Gerrie has elevated the Detroit Concert Choir's artistry as our accompanist. 

Gerrie has a B.M. degree in piano performance from Wayne State University, an M.M. degree in vocal accompanying from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and is certified by the Archdiocese of Detroit as a Minister of Music at the organ. Among his teachers were Ruth Burczyk, Mischa Kottler, and Santos Ojeda for piano; Ray Ferguson, Dr. Gale Kramer, and Bert Lord Jr. for organ; and Dr. Robert K. Evans, John Wustman, and Dalton Baldwin for accompanying. He has served as organist at St. Dorothy Church for 17 years and in his current position as Director of Music Ministries for the last five years. Gerrie has served on staff at Wayne State University since 1976, accompanying choruses, operas, students, and faculty. As a member of the faculty at Wayne, Gerrie has taught piano classes since 1988. Gerrie has also served as an accompanist at the Interlochen National Music Camp and is a member of the professional music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha.

Throughout his professional career, Gerrie has accompanied numerous choruses, and soloists, in concerts and competition, regionally, and internationally. Since 1970, Gerrie has been a part of the rich tradition of the WSU Men's Glee Club as accompanist and singer, participating in their numerous European tours, competitions, and recordings, and he continues to play for the current group and alumni group, performing in the Metropolitan Detroit area. Gerrie has performed in concert with Metropolitan Opera stars, George Shirley, Emilia Cundari, and Gergio Pezzetti, and accompanied the first place soprano winner of the International Young Singer's Competition in Wales at the prestigious LLangollen Eistedfodd. Through the years, Gerrie has rehearsed with DSO conductors Sixten Ehrling, Antol Dorati, and Neeme Jarvi in preparing choruses for concerts. Among the many music groups in the Detroit area, Gerrie has accompanied and performed with Hostia, toured abroad with the Langsford Singers and the Vanguard Voices and Brass, and recorded with the Renaissance Voices.



Olivia Donnel

Creative Assistant & Coordinator

Olivia assists with many creative aspects of the DCC, including design work, audition scheduling, and promotions. She is developing a DCC young leader council and a 2023-2024 opera artist series. Olivia is a church musician and voice instructor who received her Master of Music in Voice Performance at Oakland University. Olivia was the 2019 Stars of Altgeld Concerto Competition winner and received an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council district auditions in 2020. She would like to go into opera performance and arts administration.


Dawn Surma

Website and Technology Coordinator

Dawn volunteers her expertise with all technology aspects of the choir, providing training, consulting, and design work. She joined DCC in 1999 as a soprano and developed our website, which she still manages today. Dawn is the Information Technology Technician at Harbor Oaks Hospital and an IT/Marketing Manager at Stonescape Supply. Dawn has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Music from Oakland University.


Bob Weig

Concert Logistics Coordinator

Bob Weig leads the concert set-up team and transports and stores the choir's risers and production equipment. He joins the staff in assessing potential concert venues that accommodate our choir and audience needs. Bob joined DCC in 1988 and sings in the tenor section. Bob is a software engineer. He has many years of experience in DCC concert logistics.


Watch a video from "Grant us Peace: Music to heal the world."

Watch and enjoy "The Parting Glass" sung by the Detroit Concert Choir - March 2022. Directed by Michael A. Mitchell, Artistic Director. Presented In loving memory of Russell Yamazaki (1942-2022).


Thank you to our DCC@ Ford House Annual Auction Gala sponsors!

Thank you to all who made our 2023 Gala such a success! The setting was perfect and fun was had by all.  Special thanks to  our Event Sponsors.


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