Motor City Chorale




About: Our History of Service to the Metro Detroit Community

Motor City Chorale (FOrmerly: GM Chorus)

Motor City Chorale's Mission Statement

The Motor City Chorale is a strategically planned & guided 501c3 organization that fosters, develops and shares a passion for choral music.  We inspire audiences through masterful choral performance, dedication to artistic excellence, educational enrichment, entertainment and community service .

A Brief History - From General Motors to ALL of Metro Detroit

Our organization was founded in 1933 as the General Motors Chorus (GMC). GMC was a General Motors sponsored employee activity with membership limited to employees and retirees.

In 1978, the chorus was changed to a community chorus open to anyone who loves to sing! GMC  become an independent community chorus.

The members of GMC re-evaluated the choirs purpose and goals. Resolved to continue its tale, GMC members decided to re-adjust the organizations mission to reflect the following values:

  • We welcome any adult to become a member who loves to sing and is willing to make a commitment to share that gift with others
  • We will transition into a community-service based chorus group
  • We shall musically move the souls of Metro Detroit locals with inspiring vocal creations
  • We will invite the public to FREE concerts and events in Metro Detroit so that every local resident can participate in experiencing our unique & carefully crafted musical performances

In the summer of 2014 - after 81 years of continuous service as the General Motors Chorus, our membership chose to change our name. To better reflect our current membership and concert venues, GMC became "Motor City Chorale."

We are proud to testify to the present day that we entertain our community with the same quality choral sound and commitment as we have since 1933!

Our Continual Commitment to the Local Community of Metro Detroit

Motor City Chorale still holds the same quality of musical and entertainment standards that it has since 1933. Additionally, our organization has generously grown within the community by offering FREE & TRAVELING CONCERT EVENTS TO ALL OF METRO DETROIT! We do this by:

  1. Instead of choosing a fixed venue, selling tickets and inviting the community to come to one location to hear our music, we choose to travel to local churches, senior communities, veterans organizations and other such places. It is our hope to reach those that might not be able to travel to a concert. In this way we serve the community and bring quality vocal music and music education to those who might not otherwise be able to experience it. To accomplish this, our members maintain and transport all equipment needed to perform (choral risers, electric keyboard piano, music stands, uniforms etc.).
  2. We also offer FREE CONCERTS and choose not to sell tickets to or charge a fee for our performances. Instead of charging the public for our events, we ask for a free will offering during our concert performances at churches and community venues. When we perform at senior centers, for charitable organizations and/or charity events we will accept a donation if one is offered. Motor City Chorale's willingness to perform without a fee is one of the many ways we as an organization choose to support the communities in which we live and work to bring vocal music to those who might not otherwise be able to enjoy it. 

Motor City Chorale is a Registered Michigan Non-Profit Corporation (501.c.3)

Motor City Chorale is a 501.c.3 charitable organization and a registered Michigan non-profit corporation. That means YOUR DONATIONS MAY BE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE! 

Motor City Chorale supports itself via the donations mentioned above, grants, patrons and sponsor donations, and dues paid by our membership.

Community Spirit Spread Throughout Metro Detroit

Motor City Chorale actively participates in annual charity events to improve the daily lives of those around us, including:

It is important for Motor City Chorale to give back to the community that supports our organization and its goals & mission!

Our Director

Eric Miller

Our Director, Eric Miller, joined the GMEC in 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Oakland University and a Master of Arts in Humanities from Central Michigan University. He has served as the Choir Director at Warren's Lincoln High School from 1981 thru 2015 and in various music capacities at several churches in the Detroit area. Eric has also been the Senior Choir dDrector at St. Paul's in Grosse Pointe Farms since 1994. He enjoys composing and arranging music as well as playing professionally. Besides playing the piano and the organ, Eric is proficient on the trombone, cello and string bass.

Motor City Chorale Director: Eric Miller

Motor City Chorale Director: Eric Miller

Our Accompanist

Robert Foster

Robert Foster began his career as a Church Organist in his hometown of Wheeling, West Virginia at age 11. After completing two degrees in Organ Performance at the University of Michigan, he became organist of First English Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Woods. November 2019 brought a celebration of his 35th anniversary with this congregation! Robert also began his service as Piano Accompanist for Grosse Pointe North High School in September 2017. He is also very active in musical theater, and has served as the Musical Director for countless productions at First English’s yearly musical and as pianist for many Grosse Pointe Theatre productions. This is Robert's fourth year as the Accompanist for the Motor City Chorale. Robert's family is rooted in Grosse Pointe Park where he lives with his wife (Patty), son (Danny), two basset hounds and four cats.

Motor City Chorale Accompanist: Robert Foster

Motor City Chorale Accompanist: Robert Foster