Detroit Children's Choir
Detroit Children's Choir is a 501(c)3 organization that brings choral music education to children of diverse backgrounds and uses the power of music education as a cultural platform to unite children of diverse backgrounds.
The Detroit Children’s Choir is made up of over 300 children, ages 8-18, who have a passion and love for singing. Choir members come from a variety of cities in Southeast Michigan, representing a range of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Children receive music literacy, sight reading skills and vocal technique along with the opportunity to perform on stages in the Detroit metro area. The music is selected to engage children in singing, including a wide variety of music of American heritage, classic children’s choral works, and texts in foreign languages. The Detroit Children’s Choir is committed to developing young leaders who will bring about positive change in our city.
What began as a single, in-school program eight years ago has transformed into an organization that now boasts seven different choirs in schools and neighborhoods across Metro Detroit, as well as three audition ensembles meeting on Saturdays at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra! Today, the Detroit Children’s Choir is the only community-wide, inclusive choral music education program in Metro Detroit that serves children ages 8-18. Last season’s membership exceeded 287 youth participants and consisted of children not just from the city of Detroit, but including surrounding areas such as Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties from more than 70 zip codes.
Ultimately, DCC’s aim is to reach as many young people as possible in order to develop leaders who will bring about positive community change, now and in the future.
The neighborhood choir programs are currently held in the Metro-Detroit Area. DCC welcomes all children into these choirs through weekly after-school ensemble experiences in community centers. These rehearsals include a robust curriculum with sequential music literacy, sight reading skills, vocal technique training, and increased performance opportunities. Each choir adapts to the community’s needs and serves the neighborhood’s residents through free performances.
The in-school programs bring DCC directly into the students’ educational environment. In partnership with Detroit Public Schools and other regional systems, these ensembles provide a solution for schools that are struggling to fit the arts into their curriculum.
Since its inception, DCC has introduced thousands of children to the joys and rigors of choral music, produced major annual concerts with more than 1,400 audience members, entertained and performed with several touring choirs, collaborated artistically the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as well as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Orchestra, the Dearborn Honors Chorus, a virtual international children’s choir, three local choral organizations, two dance troupes, an Ghanaian percussionist, a local rapper and various local instrumentalists. Local collaborations have included performing and recording with the vocal group Men of Grace and Detroit’s acclaimed Jill Jack.
The DCC Touring Choir has performed by invitation for the Detroit Pistons and Shock professional basketball teams, Jazzin’ on Jefferson, the Detroit Tigers, organizations such as Voices for Michigan’s Children, The Children’s Center, Michigan State University Extension Branch, Michigan Works, the Great Lakes Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church and was featured in a video produced by the Gleaners Food Bank. The choir is also featured in a Lucie Groene film entitled, “Detroit Is My Home”.