All-male Choir at Detroit School Shares a Hopeful Vision
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The Detroit Vision Ensemble is an all-male choral group at the Detroit School of the Arts. It was created by music director Cheryl Valentine to showcase men’s voices, but also to provide a community of support.
Bass singer Derrick Bynum said he considers the other members part of his family. “The feeling of having your brothers around you and singing with your brothers— it’s magical,” Bynum says with a smile.
The group frequently performs with visiting musicians and orchestras and travels internationally singing jazz, Motown, gospel and classical.
Valentine says she is filled with hope every time she hears them sing. “I hear relief from problems they may have. For some, I hear leadership. I hear a longing to make the world better.”
The Detroit School of the Arts is a public school with a mission to provide rigorous coursework that “will prepare students for an internationally competitive society.” Every year, an impressive 98 percent of the students graduate and receive financial awards for college.