Keep the music alive!

There is a special joy that can only be found in the powerful blending of voices united in song. Through the centuries, music has helped capture the spirit and essence of great moments.
Encouraging the future generation of musical talent is essential to preserving this tradition. A special fund has been established in the name of Detroit Concert Choir’s Founding Director, Gordon Nelson. The Fund was designed to:
  • Honor Gordon Nelson and keep his memory alive
  • Support our efforts to encourage young people to join the Detroit Concert Choir by helping defray membership costs
  • Provide financial assistance to worthy young musicians who share in the Detroit Concert Choir’s artistry
To support this funding opportunity, please designate Nelson Scholarship Fund in the memo line of your donation to the Detroit Concert Choir.

Meet the recipients of the Gordon Nelson Scholarship 2023-2024 Season 

LEAH BURIAN, soprano, holds a Music History and Literature degree from the University of Oregon. While there, she performed with the Oregon Bach Festival and the University of Oregon Chamber Choir and Opera Ensemble, where she played the title role in Alcina. Leah lives in Detroit and is pursuing a nonprofit and arts administration career. She has enjoyed getting to know the rich cultural history of Detroit and exploring parks and green spaces with her partner Andrew, a jazz keyboardist, and their dog Simba. She is enjoying her first season with the DCC and can often be seen photographing the choir.
BRYAN CLINTHORNE is a bass-baritone from Rochester Hills, primarily focusing on operatic singing. He attends Oakland University, where he has performed in several productions, including Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, and von Flotow’s Martha. Bryan can be found singing with the First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak as the bass soloist and section leader, and he participates in independent artist projects throughout Oakland and Wayne County. As a first-year singer of the DCC, Bryan was also a featured soloist in the DCC Connoisseur Series
ABIGAIL MCKAYMADELEINE KRICK is a passionate and creative musician whose diverse set of skills reflects her dedication to the interdisciplinary nature of music. She holds a B.M. in voice performance from Oakland University, where she studied classical voice with Dr. Edith Diggory and conducting with Dr. Mike Mitchell. She recently made her conducting debut serving as Assistant Music Director for Oakland University’s 2023 production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte and is the Program Assistant for the DCC’s Connoisseur Series. Madeleine is the Director of Music at St. Jane Frances de Chantal in Sterling Heights and an excited first-year member of the DCC.

MARIYON TURNER is a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and producer. He attended Detroit School of Arts High School, studying cello, viola, upright bass, and voice. He continued to Oakland University, studying Music Technology with a Jazz minor. Mariyon recently mentored a Jazz Instrumental/Vocal workshop at Marygrove High School alongside Scott Gwinnell and Jiana Hunter, performed in the Opera MODO Tour of Don Pasquale, and taught a Singing/Songwriting class at the Keys 2 Life Performing Arts Summer Camp. In addition to singing bass with the DCC, he leads the Community Chorus of Detroit Young Artists’ Program, performs with the EMA Singers, and teaches at Expressions Music Academy.

Our thanks to the following for their support of the scholarship fund:

Brandon & Danielle Johnson
Gerrie & Betty Ball
William Kupsky
Bob & Rebecca Meyers
Anne Rouce
Gregg & Beth Stobbs
Amelia Wilhelm
Richard Aude & Joy Crawford
Mike & Heidi Coburn
Amelia Hakim
Ray Laethem Motor Village
Rory Bolger & Helene Rottenberg
Ann Honto
Douglas & Diane Ingamells
Kathleen McDonald
Dr. Joseph & Michelle Metes
Jim & Christine Rice
Jeff & Christine Rouce
Sam & Veronica Smith
Joyce Jarzombek

Watch a video from "Grant us Peace: Music to heal the world."

Watch and enjoy "The Parting Glass" sung by the Detroit Concert Choir - March 2022. Directed by Michael A. Mitchell, Artistic Director. Presented In loving memory of Russell Yamazaki (1942-2022).


Thank you to our DCC@ Ford House Annual Auction Gala sponsors!

Thank you to all who made our 2023 Gala such a success! The setting was perfect and fun was had by all.  Special thanks to  our Event Sponsors.


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