PRESS RELEASE: Eric Taylor, Artistic Manager
Eric Taylor has been named artistic manager of the Detroit Children's Choir (DCC), the only community-wide inclusive choral music education program that serves children ages 8-14 in metro Detroit. Taylor comes to DCC from Notre Dame Marist Academy in Pontiac, where he was the vocal music director.
He earned a Master of Music in Conducting (Choral) as well as a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education from Wayne State University. While at Wayne State, Eric conducted the Chamber Choir of Choral Union and assisted the Concert Chorale, Men's Chorus, Choral Union, and Symphonic Chorus. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA).
Now completing its 10th season, the Detroit Children's Choir has grown from one in-school choir to 13 ensembles. More than 2,650 students have been choir members and participants in DCC workshops over the decade. Children from more than 70 different zip codes have participated in DCC programs and songs in 30 foreign languages from 25 countries have been learned and performed.
Choir members learn music literacy, sight-reading skills and vocal technique using a wide variety of music of American heritage, classic children's choral works and texts in foreign languages. DCC uses the power of choral music education as a cultural platform to unite and enrich the lives of metro Detroit children of diverse backgrounds while helping to shape confident, focused and expressive leaders.
Venues where choir members have performed this season include Wild Summer Nights at the Detroit Zoo, Civic Family Experience in the Atrium of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, Noel Night, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Family Concert, a holiday gathering at the Governor's Lansing house, the celebration of Martin Luther King Day at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Detroit Movement Music Festival at Hart Plaza.