Administrative Staff

Mariyon Turner, Young Artists’ Program Mentor, is a Detroit native and graduate of the Detroit School of Arts where he worked with directors Cecelia Sharp, Maritza Figueroa-Garibay, & Cheryl W. Valentine. While attending DSA, Mariyon studied various musical instruments including the cello, viola, upright bass, and vocals. Mariyon is currently studying Music Technology with a Jazz minor at Oakland University, working under Dr. Michael Mitchell, Scott Gwinnell, & Katrina Van Maanen. Mariyon is passionate about giving back to the community. He is assistant teaching a Jazz Instrumental/Vocal workshop at Marygrove High School alongside Scott Gwinnell & Jiana Hunter, and soon will be starting an internship at the Motown Museum Grow Detroit Young Talent program teaching the youth how to produce and sing later this year.

Section Coordinators:  This is an administrative and social position.  Section Coordinators work throughout the season to welcome new members; introduce section members to each other, promoting collegiality within the section; follow up on absences; check for completeness on CC profiles; and create section riser chart for concerts.                                           
Soprano – Hope Hughes, Lauri Palmer; Alto – Verna Cole, Karen Uhlman;
Tenor – Bob Koenig, Madeleine Jones; Bass – Jeff Ellison, Paul Van Tol

Development and Grant Writing: The CCD Development Committee is responsible for recommending and implementing ideas for garnering revenue for the chorus including grant writing and fundraising/event planning.  The CCD has been fortunate to receive recent grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs/the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as past grants from the Kresge Foundation and the Facebook Foundation.
Susan Chaplin, Chair, Kasia Bielak-Hoops, Verna Cole, Thomas Linn

Legal Consultant:  Thomas Linn; Senior Counsel – Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone

Parking & Security:  Detroit Waldorf School security staff; Mary Henderson, Jesse Henderson, and others

Photography:  Justin Ames

Production: This group handles all aspects of concert staging, including facilities management, risers, lighting, and set-up/tear-down, as well as recording and preparation of rehearsal CDs for the chorus.
Michael & Miriam Brewer, Thomas Linn, Rob Kushler, Steve Fardig, Paul Van Tol, our 8 Section Coordinators, and a rotating crew of ~20 choristers

Program Ad Sales: This group contacts numerous local businesses to solicit program ads.
Thomas Linn, Paul Van Tol and a rotating crew of ~5 choristers

Publicity & Marketing: The CCD Publicity and Marketing Committee is responsible for online/social media, print, and broadcast media work; neighborhood and community outreach; and design and printing for ad cards, tickets, and programs.
James Odell, Steve Fardig, Leslie Weaver, and a rotating community-outreach crew of ~5 choristers

Refreshments: Each semester, a rotating group of ~24 volunteers provide break-time refreshments for our rehearsals.

Rehearsal Set-up: These volunteers set up our rehearsal room each week.
Bob Koenig, Rob Kushler, Thomas Linn, Lauri Palmer, Patrick Peavy, Kristy Grazak, Noelle Warfford, Karen Uhlman, Steve Fardig, Denise Davis, Steve Fardig, and Cassandra Held

Ushers & Stage Managers: For each concert, a rotating crew of approximately 15 volunteers – including family/friends of our choristers, and 10 students from the Detroit Waldorf School – assist our audience with tickets and seating.

Website & Design: These individuals are responsible for the chorus’ graphic design needs as well as the creation, maintenance, and updates to the CCD website.
Rob Kushler, Diane Linn, Andy Wahl, Justin Ames