Our Story

The Oakland Choral Society (OCS) story began in 1963, when Oakland University first offered a course for a community chorus. In early 2003, the university dissolved the community involvement in the chorus.  Feel the need to continue to bring incredible music to the community, a group of those singers banded together to form a chorus, independent from the university, called “Oakland Choral Society.” The first conductor and artistic director was D. Frederic DeHaven, who began a strong tradition of excellent choral singing. With Mr. DeHaven’s direction, the chorus developed a into a 60-70 (sometimes more) society of singers. 

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 and performances are made possible through the generosity of individuals, local businesses, ticket sales, and chorus membership dues. We always welcome new supporters of music. OCS is 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.

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

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 7:15 pm.

OCS Conductors Carrying on the Legacy . . .

Andrew Neer

2018 - Present

Andrew Lee Neer

American conductor, currently residing in Grosse Pointe MI. He is quickly becoming known for . . .
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Noah Horn

(2015 - 2018)

Noah Horn

American Conductor, known for historical performances, currently living in western Massachusetts.

Scott Hanoian

(2013 - 2015)

Scott Hanoian

American Conductor, currently music director of UMS Choral Society (Ann Arbor) and Christ Church Grosse Pointe.

Fred DeHaven


Fred DeHaven