Administrative Staff


Katrina Van Maanen, Administrator. The Community Chorus of Detroit’s Administrator works with our CCD Board of Directors and volunteer crew to accomplish the administrative and organizational work of the chorus. Outside of her work with the Community Chorus of Detroit, Katrina is a professional soprano and voice teacher. She is on the faculty at Oakland University and owns and operates a private voice studio, Van Maanen Studios, LLC. located in Berkley, MI. Katrina received her Master’s of Music from University of Houston, and her Bachelor’s in Music from Western Michigan University. For more information, visit:

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: Soprano – Hope Hughes, Chandra Montgomery Nicol; Alto – Verna Cole, Karen Uhlman; Tenor – Bob Koenig, Madeleine Jones; Bass – Jeff Ellison, Paul VanTol

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 grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, as well as 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.
Thomas Linn, Verna Cole, 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.
Mary Ellen Geist, 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 ~20 volunteers provide break-time refreshments for our rehearsals.

Rehearsal Set-up: These volunteers set up our rehearsal room each week.
Bob Koenig, Rob Kushler, Thom Linn, Lauri Palmer, Patrick Peavy

Ushers & Stage Managers: For each concert, a rotating crew of approximately 15 volunteers – including family/friends of our choristers, and 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, Andy Wahl, Justin Ames