Artistic Staff

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

Artistic Director & Conductor

EMS_2014-300x272Edward Maki-Schramm, DMA, a dedicated Detroiter, is honored to lead the Community Chorus of Detroit as Artistic Director and Conductor. Since his inaugural season with the CCD in 2012, the chorus has grown in both vision and size to its current standing as a premier musical ensemble in the region, acclaimed for choral excellence and community outreach through music. Dr. Maki-Schramm also serves as the artistic leader on the chorus’ biennial international performance tours, which have included such venues as the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, Chartres Cathedral, and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. In addition to his work with the chorus, Dr. Maki-Schramm is a Senior Major Gift Officer with the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Director of Music at Christ Church Detroit where he founded and directs the Detroit Choral Festival and Detroit Vocal Ensemble. 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 performed organ recitals on world-renowned, historic organs overseas and is recognized as an authority on European organs, currently leading sought-after, curated organ tours of his design. He was the first-place winner at the Jean and Broadus Staley Organ Competition in Organ Improvisation and was selected to perform the Grammy Award-winning recording of William Bolcom’s “Songs of Innocence and Experience.”

Assistant Conductor & Accompanist

Steven McGhee, DMA, is part of the creative leadership of Opera MODO, Detroit’s renegade opera company and creator of 25 innovative, site-specific productions all over the city. He has appeared in recitals on Tucson’s True Concord Voices series, at Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown Concert House, The Yale Institute for British Art, the Casement Fund Song Series in New York, the Cleveland Art Song Festival, and the Britten-Pears Institute in Aldeburgh, England. With tenor Brian Giebler, he was nominated for a GRAMMY for their 2020 album, “a lad’s love” on Bridge Records. A sought-after vocal coach, McGhee teaches vocal music at The Roeper School and is the music director at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Royal Oak.