The Farmington Community Chorus was established in 1980 under the sponsorship of the Farmington Hills Parks and Recreation Department as an activity for community residents. We have been performing Holiday and Spring Concerts ever since. Currently, the Chorus numbers about 80 people from all over the metropolitan area. The chorus meets each Tuesday evening at the William Costick Activity Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road (east of Middlebelt Road), 7:30-9:30 pm, while school is in session.
Director - Steve SeGraves
Steve SeGraves has directed the Farmington Chorus for over twenty years. He holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Wayne State University and a Masters degree in Music Composition from Oakland University. He has been an assistant Director of the three–time world champion WSU Men’s Glee Club as well as the University’s Chamber Singers, the Meadowbrook Estate Show Choir of Oakland University, and the Langsford Singers of Detroit. He currently directs the 45-voice Langsford Men’s Chorus in part to honor his mentor, the late Dr. Harry M. Langsford. In the summer of 2008 the LMC was awarded second prize in the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, North Wales. This is one of the oldest and most prestigious choral competitions in the world, and is in fact where the late Luciano Pavarotti began his amazingly successful singing career. Steve has studied jazz voice with April Arabian-Tini, composition with Stanley Hollingsworth, conducting with Brazeal Dennard, jazz piano with Matt Michaels, and jazz theory with Phil Mattson. Steve is the director of music at his home church, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Birmingham. He is thankful to God for his new church and for all the opportunities and challenges ahead.
He is a published arranger, and he has been commissioned several times to compose or arrange songs for area choirs. While on tour in Washington D.C., in May 2005, the Farmington Chorus joined forces with the United Stated Army Chorus to premier his arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner. Steve is also called upon as a guest artist to lead music workshops with choirs in and out of Michigan. Steve is married to his wife, Amy, and they live in Canton. On August 24th of 2009 Amy gave birth to their first child, Brady Alexander SeGraves. Brady is adored by his mom and dad, and of course his sister and brother, Emily and Benji.
Accompanist - Jennifer Gale
Jennifer Gale has a wealth of experience over the years playing for choruses, teaching music, and playing for numerous organizations in the Detroit Metro area. We are fortunate to have her step into this role. Like most career musicians, Jennifer holds down several music jobs in the area. She is the choir accompanist at Dakota High School in the Chippewa Valley School District. She is minister of music at The Church of the Covenant in Macomb, Michigan. She is the owner, director and an instructor at the Mt. Clemens Arts Consortium, Inc. Her business was named Outstanding New Business in 2004 by the Center of Empowerment and Economic Development. She studied in Cuba (Cuban piano music) in the late 1990s, and also studied music education and piano performance at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory; a prestigious music school with an outstanding reputation for excellence.