My 8-year-old daughter is currently a member of the newly formed Detroit Children's Choir Concert Chorale under the direction of Lauri Hogle and she absolutely loves it! Ms. Hogle and the co-directors are clearly very experienced in working to bring out the very best in children's voices, and my daughter leaves each rehearsal with excitement and motivation to practice the pieces that they are learning during the week. As a homeschooler, the Detroit Children's Choir is definitely her favorite extracurricular activity. As a parent, I am impressed with the directors, multiple performance opportunities, and the principles of discipline, teamwork, and performance that my daughter is learning. We feel very blessed that she is able to be a member of such an amazing choir at such an early age, and recommend this experience to any child that has an interest in singing.
I was a member of Detroit Children's Choir from 2010-2011 and am currently on hiatus due to furthering my career by now living in Hollywood California. DCC opened doors for me by referring me to local auditions that allowed me to perform for the Wayne County State Of The Union Address! That will hold a memory of a life time for myself and my family. Ms. Schoch is dedicated to her members and holds structured rehearsals. I learned the true aspect of classical music, the history of the songs that were performed, how to blend with the group as a whole, voice control and harmonizing. Any one fortunate enough to be accepted into her program will leave with the skills needed to take their craft to the next level; that's what I have done. I'm only 13 yrs old and I currently perform professionally in Hollywood.
Wow, what a great organization. My son has developed such confidence in himself being a member of the choir. He has been given an awesome opportunity. He has received excellent vocal training, and has grown beyond my imagination in social skills. Mrs. Schoch pours love, and direction into our children the great gift that she has so richly been blessed with. It shows and is heard through every song. I am a proud DCC parent.
I had the great pleasure of performing with the Detroit Childrens Choir in a rather avant-garde performance in 2011, and I was so impressed by the effort and dedication the kids put into some pretty difficult and non-traditional music. Working with the kids and the staff was a pleasure, and I'd highly recommend them. Detroit may be well know for music, but sadly with the demise of so many in-school music programs, students must rely on programs like this to gain all the benefits that music can bring to life.
The director/founder, Carol Schoch, is a child advocate and an assett for the youth of Metropolitan Detroit. Carol began her career as a certified music public school teacher. She has taught private voice lesson, and has both performed and conducted numerous choirs in North and South America, Europe, and Africa. Six years ago she earned a double master's degree in choral directing and voice pedagogy. Larger than all of her professional qualifications and bountiful music experience is her laughter, love, and enthusiasm to bring music and joy into the lives of young people, as she believes and many have witnessed it can transform lives. It has been my pleasure to be a volunteer during the past five annual weekend workshop/concerts!
My experience with the Detroit Children's Choir was absolutely incredible! I volunteered last year (2010) for their big annual concert, assisting in the general organization of the happenings of the day. Living in Boston, I have very limited opportunities to interact with such worthy causes in my hometown, and this experience was more than worth it!
I had so much fun getting to know the kids! They all come from different parts of the city and have so many stories to share. When the performance started, I was immediately awestruck with the power of their voices. The impact they had as I witnessed their dedication and talent come together brought tears to my eyes...three times! Watching all of these kids work together to achieve such beauty was just amazing. You could see the confidence and self worth the kids had gained by being a part of the choir.
I highly recommend attending their performances and supporting the organization's mission to provide music education to at risk youth. There is so much that DCC can do for the children of Detroit. Please support their efforts any way you can.
I am currently acting as an assistant conductor for DCC and have seen first hand the impact this organization has on the children it involves. Music is a powerful vehicle and our choirs give children positive experiences that help them grow as an individual and function as a member of a larger group. I have personally witnessed the confidence that singing with DCC has encouraged
These are professional musicians and teachers who are first-rate at teaching choral music to children. I have been impressed at their impact not only on the children's musical knowledge, but also on the their level of responsibility and life skills: being reliable, paying attention, working as a group and feeling responsibility to the group. Most of the children in the choir are badly in need of help in these areas, and I'm glad to see the Detroit Children's Choir assisting in the education of these children.
The Detroit Children's Choir is a wonderful venue for kids in grades 4-7. It gives them a chance to express themselves in song. Also helps them learn team building. It lets them experience commitment issues. Mrs. Schoch stresses the fact that being a singer, you have to commit to being a team player. All the while learning to read and write music.
I have become part of the Detroit Children's Choir family since moving to the Detroit area in August. I met Carol Schoch soon after moving and immediately was impressed in all ways. The vision of this organization for the children of the Detroit area, in community through music, is exactly what this city needs. In fact, it is a model for the nation in both areas of music education and societal unity. These children are receiving far more than musical opportunities for excellence. They are building skills that can bring them up as future leaders in any industry or community they choose for a lifetime. I am privileged to be part of it.