Who We Are

The story of OCS begins in 1963, when Oakland University first offered a course for a community chorus. When the university discontinued the course in early 2003, a group of those singers banded together to form a separate, independent chorus, OCS, under the baton of the then conductor, D. Frederic DeHaven. While the conductor of the group has changed since then, many of the original singers still remain.

Our mission is to provide educational enrichment for Oakland County and metropolitan Detroit communities; to expand and enhance cultural experiences through dedication to the highest possible musical performance standards by presentation of significant classical and contemporary choral works; and to expose the listener to the finest choral literature in order to foster an appreciation of composers and singing. Our activities are made possible through ticket sales, choir membership dues, and the generosity of individuals and businesses. As a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, donations to OCS are tax-deductible.

We welcome those who read music, have some singing experience, and love singing classical choral music. Please join us!

The choir operates on a fiscal year, July through June, and presents two concerts per year, one in the Fall (usually November), and one in the Spring (usually in April.) We rehearse on Tuesdays beginning in September for the Fall concert and in January for the Spring concert. Rehearsals are held at Birmingham Unitarian Church in Bloomfield Hills with downbeat at 7:30 pm.

If you are interested in joining us, please send an email to

info@oaklandchoralsociety.org, and you will be contacted.