Detroit Strategy is our commitment to expanding the DSO’s participation in the growth and well-being of Detroit. Read on to learn more about how this work happens.

Early Childhood
We support the cognitive, social, and physical development of young children in Detroit through strong collaboration with families, early childhood educators, schools, musicians, researchers, local organizations, and teaching artists.

We make connections between students and inspiration, students and opportunity, students and supportive networks, and students and resources. With a focus on the whole child, we create spaces where Detroit students lead the way in defining and driving their own success.

Workforce Development
We invest in strengthening Detroit’s workforce through trainings, fellowships, employment, performance and teaching opportunities.

Health and Services
We are with people at some of the most challenging points in their lives. From hospitals to shelters, musical connections support resilience and hope.

Detroit Events
We co-create unforgettable Musical Experiences across Detroit Neighborhoods, celebrating the depth and breadth of the city’s cultural heritage and the promise of its future.

• PNC Grow Up Great

Music Toolbox Collaborative

Northwest Goldberg Cares Music in the Park

• Professional Development for Detroit Public Schools Teachers

Detroit Early Childhood Educator Trainings

Applebaum Fellowships
(Wayne State University)

• Hiring Detroit-Based Performers
(i.e. Cube, Detroit Neighborhood Initiative)

• Detroit Teaching Artist Employment

• Detroit Harmony Instrument Repair
Training & Apprenticeships
(coming soon)

• COTS Family Workshops

• Alternatives for Girls
Songwriting and Performances

Performances in Detroit Hospitals

Gesher Human Services
Creative Expressions Program

Performances for Veterans

Detroit Neighborhood Initiative Musical Experiences

DTE Community Concert Series

Classical Roots

Detroit Chamber Recitals

DSO on the Go with Ford

DSO Day of Service

Make Music Detroit
(coming soon)

Take a deep dive into the roots and impact of the Detroit Neighborhood Initiative

Beginnings and Impact

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