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.
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.
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.
I recently sang in a choral concert in which the DCC children's choir also performed by themselves. They were accompanied by a professional adult chamber orchestra. The children were polite and disciplined in their behavior, clear with their diction, and they sang difficult music with great enthusiasm. They are obviously receiving top-notch instruction. What a wonderful opportunity they have to sing in this choir, receiving expert musical training! Add to that the opportunity to perform with adult professionals, and you have a life-changing experience for each of these children.