The Detroit Children’s Choir was founded in 2006 and works to use choral music education as a cultural platform to foster musical excellence and build an inclusive community of confident, focused, and creative youth in southeast Michigan. It is made up of more than 300 students in grades 3-12 from cities across the region. They participate in 13 different choirs, both in-school and extracurricular, and have performed for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons, and former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder; at local events; and through regular engagements with the Detroit Youth Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Michigan Philharmonic. They have also appeared with well-known Michigan artists and vocalists including the late Aretha Franklin. Choir participants have access to a recording studio, and some have secured paid gigs for commercial jingles and as contributors to albums. While participants pay tuition, scholarships and financial aid are available.