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:

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.
Verna Cole, chair; Chelsea Broome, Thomas Linn.

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

Parking & Security:  Marjorie Uysal and Detroit Waldorf School security staff

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 (chair), Verna Cole, Michael Duerksen, Robin Jaynes, Rob Kushler, Paul Van Tol, 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, Thom Linn, Steve Fardig, Benni Aho and a rotating community-outreach crew of ~5 choristers

Refreshments: Each semester, a rotating group of ~30 volunteers provide break-time refreshments for our rehearsals.

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

Section Coordinators: These volunteers are responsible for welcoming new members to their section, providing conductor’s notes when section members are absent, and creating our riser charts for performances.

  • Soprano: Hope Hughes
  • Alto: Lidi Armenta & Verna Cole
  • Tenor: Marletta Boyd & Robin Jaynes
  • Bass: Paul Van Tol

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.
Justin Ames, Mike Duerksen, Rob Kushler, Andy Wahl