STAFF AND ARTISTIC FACULTY

STAFF AND ARTISTIC FACULTY

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Sandee Singer

Executive Director

Sandee Singer serves as the Executive Director of the Detroit Children’s Choir.

After graduating from Central Michigan University with a degree in Elementary Education, Sandee began teaching during the week and worked weekends managing a popular cover band, “Skyline & The Back Street Horns.”

In the early nineties, the band joined the roster of a renowned entertainment agency in Metro Detroit, “Lorio Ross Entertainment,” and Sandee joined the Lorio Ross team as a booking agent and special events coordinator.

Sandee stayed with the agency for more than 20 years, contributing her expertise in planning thousands of weddings, corporate events, and social occasions. As the Senior Event Specialist, she acted as a consultant to clients, booked local, regional, and national musical acts and entertainers for special events, and offered complete event planning services.

Sandee is very excited to join the Detroit Children’s Choir as its Executive Director and looks forward to working with the Artistic Director to promote music education and performance opportunities for children in Southeast Michigan and uniting children through the power and beauty of music.

executive@detroitchildrenschoir.org

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Eric Taylor

Artistic Director

Eric Taylor serves as the Artistic Director of the Detroit Children’s Choir.

Throughout his career, Eric has served as a choral conductor and professional singer throughout Metro Detroit and the United States. Prior to the Detroit Children’s Choir, he was the Vocal Music Director at Notre Dame Marist Academy in Pontiac. In addition, Eric served as Graduate Assistant for the Wayne State University Choirs, under the direction of Noah Horn. He has also served as Chorus Master and Assistant Director for the Detroit Choral Society, where he prepared the ensemble for performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). Eric’s mentors in choral conducting include Norah Duncan, IV, Dennis Tini, Noah Horn, Andrew Kreckmann, and Gerald Custer. Along with Detroit Children’s Choir, Eric also serves as Artistic Director for Aeolian Chorale, an adult choir based in Allen Park.

Eric is a much sought-after vocal coach and choral clinician, preparing choirs for festivals, national broadcasts and recordings. Several projects include collaborations with Jill Jack, Gark Mavigan (San Francisco), Detroit Music Weekend, and the Walt Disney Company. He also serves as the Artistic Director for annual concerts and workshops including the Detroit Children’s Choir Christmas Festival and Detroit Beatz (workshop), both of which draw hundreds of students to the city of Detroit every year.

As a professional tenor, Eric is a member of Audivi, a professional choir based in Ann Arbor. He has also sung in the Archdiocese of Detroit Chorus and sounding light (Michigan-based professional choir). Currently, Eric is a cantor and staff singer at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit.

Eric earned a Master of Music in Conducting (Choral) as well as a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education from Wayne State University. He is also a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA), and the Detroit Music Foundation.

etaylor@detroitchildrenschoir.org

Jalena Brooks

Jalena Brooks

Assistant Director

Jalena Ruby Brooks serves as Assistant Director for the Civic Programs of the Detroit Children’s Choir.

Jalena is a native of Detroit and have always had a passion for education and the arts. She is a product of Detroit Public Schools and graduated from Renaissance High School with honors in 2008. She then attended the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor where she received her BA in Music Education, with a focus on choral music. During college, Jalena was a board member of the Michigan Gospel Chorale and the dance instructor for Images of Praise.

After graduating from U of M cum laude in 2012, she accepted her first teaching job in West Bloomfield School District as an elementary music teacher. Though Jalena enjoyed teaching in West Bloomfield, she decided to return to Detroit to begin a new music program at University Yes Academy in 2013. The same year she interned with My Own Planet record label as a sound engineer, directed the Young Adult Choir at River Rouge Bible Assembly and joined the Detroit Children’s Choir as a director of the Midtown Chorale.

In 2015, Jalena decided to make a shift in her career and began working for Gale a Cengage Company as an Educational Consultant. During that same year, she began a master’s program at Walsh College in Business Administration and graduated with her MBA in December of 2017. After graduating, Jalena was promoted to Gale’s Executive Leadership Team as Senior Manager of Sales Learning and Development.

Sheila Brookins

Sheila Brookins

Accompanist

Sheila Brookins serves as an Accompanist for the Detroit Children’s Choir.

From the age of seven through high school, Sheila studied piano with local piano teachers in Warren, Michigan. As a teenager she attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and also was awarded a local piano scholarship from the Warren Vivace Club to attend Interlochen Fine Arts Camp. Sheila also played the clarinet in her high school concert band and piano in the high school jazz band. Aside from early classical music, the music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Scott Joplin greatly influenced her as a pianist. In the early 1980’s, Sheila attended the University of Michigan as a piano performance major, studying performance, music theory, conducting and composing. Sheila later changed majors to accounting, business and information technology, receiving both a Bachelors and Masters degree from Walsh College of Business. Still actively involved in music, while working full‐time in various corporate positions, Sheila has held staff pianist positions at local Detroit area churches from 1988‐2010, working with both choirs and bands. Sheila has performed on piano for weddings, has been the piano accompanist for high school and community theatre productions, and has been a piano accompanist for Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association solo and ensemble festivals for countless middle school and high school students. From 2012‐2014, Sheila performed with local bands at the Detroit Hard Rock Café to benefit local charities. Sheila can be found online at http://www.youtube.com/SheilalelaB.

Ok Jae Lee

Ok Jae Lee

Accompanist

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