Detroit Youth Choir
Choirs from across the country are coming together to collaborate in a performance of a lifetime at Carnegie Hall. This unique performance incorporates innovative, artistic programming, and a world premiere work from composer, Stephen Murphy, all under the careful direction of guest conductor, Jason Max Ferdinand. Spotlight performance by Detroit Youth Concert Choir, who received national attention for groundbreaking performances on America's Got Talent. Audiences have never experienced a choral collaboration like this before.
JASON MAX FERDINAND, CONDUCTOR
Jason Max Ferdinand, Professor – Conductor – Composer – Speaker, is the founding artistic director of The Jason Max Ferdinand Singers: An Ensemble of Exceptional Talents, and is director of choral activities, chair of the music department, and a full professor at Oakwood University, where he conducts the Aeolians of Oakwood University. He is a published author and composer with GIA Publications, featuring the book, Teaching with Heart: Tools for Addressing Societal Challenges Through Music, and The Jason Max Ferdinand Choral Series (Walton Music). He maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and lecturer at schools, universities, churches, and choral festivals and conferences, domestic and international.
DETROIT YOUTH CHOIR
The Detroit Youth Choir has performed at various events around the city of Detroit, nationally, and internationally. DYC had the opportunity to perform at the Michigan Outdoor Adventure Center’s ribbon-cutting ceremony before Governor Rick Snyder and Mayor Mike Duggan. We also performed at the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony before many celebrities, dignitaries, and pioneers of the music industry.
The Detroit Youth Choir has had major accomplishments. They participated in a documentary IMAX film titled “America’s Musical Journey”, which has been shown in all IMAX theatres across the U.S The choir also recorded with the UK group The Go! Team and was featured on seven songs on The Go! Team’s album. The Detroit Youth Choir entered the national competition America’s Got Talent where the choir traveled to Los Angeles, CA and reached 2nd place. The organization has performed for other local organizations such as; Spectrum Children Services, Detroit Pistons, U of M Basketball Club Ann Arbor, FCAAN, BCBS, DTE, Cleveland Cavaliers, Scholars for Dollars, Focus Hope, Arise Detroit, A.I.M. Youth Conference, The D-drop New Year’s Eve Celebration, IMPACT TV, Light up Detroit organization, Youth Development Commission of Detroit and The Detroit Public Library.
ANTHONY WHITE, DIRECTORAnthony White is the Artistic Director for the Detroit Youth Concert Choir and Performing Arts Company. Mr. White succeeded Fleming Ivory, the founder of the organization in 2001. He has directed more than 3000 youth from the metro Detroit area, in which he has created a platform for them to develop their skills in performing arts. Anthony White has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Marygrove College. While matriculating through Marygrove College, Mr. White performed in various productions such as Ragtime, Godspell and Ain’t Misbehavin. He also formed “Soulful Expression Ensemble” where he was able to use his God given talents of vocal music, music production, songwriting, music composition and theater.
Mr. White and the Detroit Youth Choir have performed at various places in the U.S and Canada. The organization was awarded the Spirit of Detroit, Mary McLeod Bethune Award and the DMC Community Service Award, and was nominated for the Gospel Showcase 2015 Youth Choir of the Year Award. In 2016, Mr. White received recognition from WXYZ Local 7 News as “Person of the Week”. Lastly, the Detroit Youth Choir also won the Texas Gospel Music Excellence Award 2018. Most Recently, The Detroit Youth Choir appeared on the hit TV show “America’s Got Talent” where the world was able to see the phenomenal work of Mr. White and his great staff.
Under his leadership, DYC has performed on local television stations such as; WDIV Local 4 News, WJBK Fox 2 News and the aforementioned PBS program Detroit Performs. DYC was given the opportunity to be a guest on the Ron Todd Radio Talk show, as well as the Be-Moor Radio Talk Show. Throughout his journey, doors continued to open. The group was also featured on an album with the “Go Team” and recently showcased in a film documentary “America’s Musical Journey”. In 2018, Mr. White received the 40 under 40 award from The Michigan Chronicle. Finally, his ability to lead young people to musical success, has allowed the Detroit Youth Choir to receive the 313 Best in Black Detroit Award 2018 “Best Community Choir of the Year”. The most recent award is the distinguished award yet to date is the famed “Stellar Award” awarded in 2021 for the remake of the song “Glory".