Rory Bolger., Ph.D., FAICP, has a 33-year career as a Detroit City Planner. This life-long Detroiter’s work as a Peace Corps/Panama volunteer and years with CDCs in Detroit launched him on a trajectory of public service.

His ability to craft land use regulation and explain the particulars of zoning have helped empower community voices and strike a balance between spirited entrepreneurs and under-resourced neighborhoods. Rory has authored/edited the majority of Detroit’s zoning text amendments since 1986.

Rory is also a musician who has studied organ/piano and voice.  He joined the baritone section of the DCC in 1996. In addition to serving on the board, Rory served on the 2019 Director Search Committee  and maintains the choir’s  performance and recording archives.  His affiliations include: American Planning Association; Michigan Association of Planning; Detroit Concert Choir; National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

Rory is the parent three children, all Broadway performers (music theater and drama); His wife, Helene Rottenberg, classical guitarist/musicologist also sings in the DCC. Rory is a long-distance runner and is fluent in Spanish and competent in French, Portuguese and Italian.



Dawn Surma

IT Manager

Dawn has been a member of the DCC since 1999 and is honored to be part of such an esteemed organization. Dawn developed the DCC website, and helps with all the technology aspects of the choir.


Bob Weig

Concert Logistics

Bob joined the Detroit Concert Choir in 1988. Bob leads the concert set up team and transports and stores the choir's risers and production equipment.


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 2022 Gala such a success! The setting was perfect and fun was had by all.  Special thanks to  our Event Sponsors.  This gala honored A. Paul and Carol C. Schaap.


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