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PROGRAMS

Civic Choirs

The Detroit Children’s Choir, in partnership with the DSO, is offering three choir ensembles housed at the iconic Orchestra Hall. The Civic Choirs performance calendar includes multiple performances on the world-famous Orchestra Hall stage as well as opportunities to participate in multiple performances throughout the season. All choirs will participate in portions of the DCC Holiday Tour in December and each of the Civic Choirs will have their own sets and features during the Annual Spring Concert in April. We end the season with highlighting all members of our Civic Choirs at DCC’s annual Gala – Shine@Motown Mansion in May.

 

Detroit Symphony Youth Chorale [Grades 9–12]

In collaboration with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Wu Family Academy, the Detroit Symphony Youth Chorale (DSYC) is open to high school chorus singers by audition only and will perform advanced literature with opportunities to learn from professional singers, participate in master classes, work with orchestras and other music ensembles, and perform on historic Orchestra Hall Stage. Sight-reading skills and a healthy vocal technique are required for participation in this ensemble. Eric Taylor, Artistic Manager of the DCC, has been appointed by the DSO to serve as Conductor of this ensemble.

 

Singers in the D [Grades 6–12]

Singers in the D is the premiere touring ensemble for our organization, and it is open to students in Grades 6 – 12. Participation in this highly selective ensemble requires an advanced understanding of music notation producing sight-singing skill and ability to sing in tune with healthy vocal technique. Students will experience a Kodály-inspired curriculum, develop their independent sight-reading, theory, and performance skills, with increasingly challenging repertoire in a variety of languages and genres, in three-and four-parts.

 

Midtown Chorale [Grades 3–5]

The Midtown Chorale is our training choir to develop the skills needed for advanced ensembles. The Chorale brings the power and discipline of quality choral music education into the community as a vehicle to help children develop excellence in musicianship, self-confidence, social awareness and academic skills while setting the stage for continued active involvement in choral singing throughout their lives. Students are provided a Kodály-inspired choral music education program, developing basic music literacy through fun and engaging activities, sight-singing, healthy vocal technique training, pitch accuracy and part singing skills.

 

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In-school Choirs

DCC choral programs are also offered during the school day to several schools in the City of Detroit. We help create an “official school choir” in buildings where there may be no arts or music education activities. These students are provided with many opportunities such as: 1) participation in DCC’s annual Spring Concert, a forum to interact with children from other schools from across the metro Detroit region; 2) in DCC’s Detroit Beatz Workshop in the Spring of each year and 3) various other performance opportunities that are life-changing in scope and sound. As with our Civic Choir Programs, we provide a Kodály-inspired choral music education curriculum, developing basic music literacy through fun and engaging activities, sight-singing, healthy vocal technique training, pitch accuracy and part singing skills. Repertoire is varied and multicultural, including genres of classical, folk, world, spirituals, gospel and jazz. Rehearsals are held weekly for one hour.

 

DCC is currently providing choral music education in the following schools within the City of Detroit for the 2018-19 school year:

  • Bagley Elementary School
  • Coleman A. Young Elementary
  • Detroit Achievement Academy
  • Detroit Prep Charter School
  • Fisher Upper Magnet Academy
  • Mark Twain School for Scholars
  • Pulaski Elementary-Middle School
  • Schulze Academy for Technology & The Arts