The Detroit Concert Choir is Detroit’s international award winning vocal ensemble, celebrated for exceptional programming and distinctive performances. The choir was founded in 1987 by Gordon Nelson (1931-2015) and is currently under the artistic direction of Dr. Michael Mitchell.
Gordon Nelson, founder, had passion for choral excellence and a desire to enhance the lives of others through music. This became the foundation for a group that blossomed into a local, national, and international pacesetter of choral music. Dedicated to promoting choral music of high artistic merit and cultural enrichment for the community, the DCC is comprised of musicians of varying ages, backgrounds, and walks of life. Gathering from over 35 communities, the choir performs in some of the Detroit area’s most beautiful and historic churches and performing arts centers.
Repertoire includes contemporary literature, a cappella compositions, American folk and gospel, and great classical works for chorus and orchestra. In addition to the choir’s own concert series, the ensemble enriches the cultural offerings for the city by singing for community events and by collaborating with fellow choruses and world-renowned orchestras.
The Detroit Concert Choir has garnered eighteen national and international honors in esteemed music conventions and international competitions, and won the prestigious “Choir of the World” title at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales. The choir also received the nationally acclaimed Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence based on artistic excellence, strong organizational structure, and a commitment to outreach, educational, and culturally diverse activities.
The DCC has performed at national, regional, and state American Choral Directors Association conventions and for community events such as the Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony at Campus Martius and most recently as back up choir for Sarah Brightman’s Hymn Tour at Detroit’s Fox Theatre (February 2019). The DCC has produced six professional CDs that are aired on WRCJ, southeast Michigan’s classical/jazz FM station. The Detroit Concert Choir is an activity of the Detroit Performing Artists, Inc., a 501(c)3 tax exempt educational organization that fosters artistic opportunity for the amateur musician, performance and income opportunities for the professional musician, and educational opportunities for young people and adults.