John Joanette serves as the Executive Director of the Detroit Children’s Choir.
For more than three decades, John has successfully founded, directed and consulted with dozens of not-for-profit organizations in three states – Michigan, Indiana and Maine. His life work has focused on building strong coalitions and community involvement with fine arts organizations as well as agencies involved in numerous human service and civil rights causes.
Utilizing his degree in communications from Western Michigan University, John has successfully branded, positioned and strengthened organizations through board/resource development, staff coaching, marketing/PR and strategic planning. These agencies continue to move their missions forward in service to their respective communities.
John has participated in both vocal and instrumental music programs/ensembles since the early age of five. As a jazz studies minor in piano at Western Michigan University, John was a four-year member of the Gold Company program which is widely recognized as one of the most successful and prestigious collegiate vocal jazz programs in the world. In this select ensemble, Mr. Joanette played keyboards, acted as rhythm section leader and arranged/composed for the group. In 2005, John joined with several community leaders to found the Pride of Indy Bands organization in Indianapolis, Indiana and participated as a percussionist in the concert, marching and pep bands. In 2006, he created the Pride of Indy Jazz Ensemble and served as its leader until 2012.