Civic Choirs

The Detroit Children’s Choir Civic Choir is the tuition-based community choir program serving students in grades 3 - 12 across southeast Michigan. The Civic Choirs performance calendar includes performances throughout the region, including 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 the Civic Choir, all students participate in a vocal placement and rehearse with the choir throughout the year. Students engage in a globalized music education curriculum, where students learn music theory, ear training, and vocal techniques. Music selections range from a wide variety of genres and languages. For a personalized music theory curriculum, the choir is divided into the following divisions: Midtown (Grades 3 - 5), Downtown (Grade 6 - 8), and Woodward (Grades 9 -12). In addition, all students receive voice lessons over Zoom for individualized instruction.

Registration is open to all students in grades 3 - 12. Click here to register.

In-school Choirs

DCC choral programs are also offered during the school day to several schools in the City of Detroit. We helpcreate 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 2021-22 school year:

  • Coleman A. Young Elementary
  • Detroit Achievement Academy
  • Hutchinson Elementary-Middle School at Howe
  • Mark Twain School for Scholars
  • Pulaski Elementary-Middle School
  • Schulze Academy for Technology & The Arts