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God rest ye merry choristers

So, you’ve always wanted to sing on the big stage and be discovered, right?

Well, this is NOT your chance at that, but it is a chance to sing with one of the area’s premier chorale groups.

There’s still time to join the Community Chorus of Detroit (CCD). But, you better hurry – the deadline is this Sunday, September 23. The good news is you don’t have to try out – all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun.

This year marks the third season for the chorus, founded in 2010 by current Executive Director and Board President Diane Linn. The vision was simple enough – provide excellent music for the community to enjoy.

Linn explains the mission this way, “We come together from all across the metro area to uplift Detroit.” People uniting – all with a singular mindset and purpose – enjoying themselves and making beautiful music together.

She credits the success of CCD to a little help from what she calls, “amazing” musical “helpers,” of sorts. Among them, the founding artistic director Joseph Baldwin, who at the time was a master’s candidate at The University of Michigan. Just this year, Edward Maki-Schramm signed on as conductor/artistic director and Linn feels that from a solid start, the group can now reach even higher.

A varied and diverse roster of  “choristers” reads like a great roll call of metro Detroit. The 55 members gather each week from 35 different zip codes. They come to learn, sing and experience great music with a group of like-minded folks.

They’re gearing up for their annual holiday concerts (December 14 and 15), which have quickly become favorites and family traditions for some. Featuring some tunes known to all and some not so much – the common thread, all of it is performed to perfection.

The CCD is open to all singers who meet three requirements:

  • Have at least basic music-reading skills
  • Have a pleasant voice quality and can match musical tones and patterns
  • Are willing to commit to regular rehearsal attendance

This year, the group will have the honor of performing “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman.” You might say, “What’s so special about that, right?” Well, this particular rendition has never been sung by a choir or group outside of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the CCD was given special permission to perform it.

On December 9, the group will perform Handel’s Messiah – not only with the regular CCD, but also with anyone else from the community who would like to join in. Detroit’s Community-Sing Chorus will give Detroiters and anyone else the chance to learn/perform a true holiday classic.

The CCD is gearing up for another season and they are looking for, “a few good men (and women)” to add to the rolls.

If you’ve always wanted to sing in a chorus, here’s your chance.

The Community Chorus of Detroit meets every Sunday afternoon from 1:30 to 4:30 PM  at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Burns and Jefferson in Detroit’s Indian Village neighborhood, 8625 E. Jefferson Avenue; Detroit, MI 48214.

For more information on the Community Chorus of Detroit, visit their website or call (313) 331-8406.

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