The Detroit Youth Choir is in the national spotlight once again, as the subject of a new Disney+ documentary series called “Choir.” The six-episode series debuts on Jan. 31 and it follows the choir, and the lives of several of its members, as they prepare for one of their biggest performances yet, at Carnegie Hall. The choir first gained national attention through its two appearances on “America’s Got Talent” in 2019 and 2023, and both times the choir received the Golden Buzzer.
As a nonprofit arts organization, the Detroit Youth Choir serves kids ages 8-18 in Detroit. The choir not only runs its nationally renowned choir program, but also theater, dance, and college-readiness programs, to help its students grow into well-rounded artists and people.
One Detroit’s Chris Jordan attended one of choir’s rehearsals at The Marygrove Conservancy, and he spoke to choir director Anthony White, assistant choir director Ryan Bowie, and choir members Kayla Roach, Uchechi Okike, and Gwendolyn Jackson, all three of whom are prominently featured in the docuseries.
They spoke about the importance of the choir’s work and how it changes the lives of its singers, the experience of making the Disney+ docuseries, and what they hope the series will show the world about their organization and Detroit.
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