Artistic Staff

The Community Chorus of Detroit’s artistic staff is comprised of its artistic director/conductor, accompanist/assistant conductor, and section leaders.

Artistic Director & Conductor

EMS_2014-300x272Edward Maki-Schramm, DMA, a dedicated Detroiter, is excited to lead the Community Chorus of Detroit as Artistic Director/Conductor. In addition to leading and designing a thrilling and varied musical year for the Community Chorus, Dr. Maki-Schramm is a Major Gift Officer at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine and the Director of Music at Christ Church (Episcopal) in downtown Detroit. Since his appointment as Conductor of the CCD in 2012, the chorus has experienced growth in vision and in numbers. Working with the Board of Directors, Dr. Maki-Schramm has been able to secure financial support, triple the membership of the chorus, and plan the chorus’ first European tour for 2015. The CCD looks forward to a bright and long future with premieres and commissioned works in the coming seasons. A forthcoming book is in the works on how to build a grassroots arts organization.

Dr. Maki-Schramm received his MMus and DMA from the University of Michigan and his BMus from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. He has made several European tours and was the organist chosen to perform for the 2005 Grammy Award-winning recording of William Bolcom’s “Songs of Innocence and Experience.” His recordings have been featured on the nationally syndicated radio program, Pipedreams. 

Accompanist

Joseph Walters received his BMus in Piano Performance from Oakland University where he studied under Dr. Rebecca Happel. He has performed numerous solo recitals and his performance of Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto awarded him first place in the Oakland University Concerto Competition. Subsequently he received the MaTilDa Award for Outstanding Pianist. In the summer of 2012, Mr. Walters participated in the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy where he attended master classes, performed and received coaching from many fine artists, and was a finalist in their competition. Mr. Walters has served as accompanist for the CCD since fall, 2014.