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:
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:
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, 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
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