Dakota High School Choirs:
Dakota High School is located in Macomb, MI, and is part of the Chippewa Valley School District. It opened in 1995 and its choirs have earned top honors and recognition throughout the state of Michigan. They have performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Opera House Orchestra, the Detroit Chamber Winds, the Warren Symphony Orchestra, the Macomb Symphony Orchestra and have sung in concert with Josh Groban and the Barenaked Ladies. Members of the choir have been selected to perform in the Michigan All-State Honors Choirs. In December of 2005, the Varsity Choir performed the World Premiere of Glenn McClure’s Caribbean Christmas Mass with the WSO. In the Spring of 2009 the DHS Varsity Choir was ranked in the top 12 in the state and performed at the 2009 MYAF (Michigan youth Arts Festival) recital. In April 2012, a 44 person traveling choir performed in the New Amsterdam Theatre, the oldest theater on Broadway in New York City. The Dakota Varsity Choirs were chosen to perform a World Premier of Dr. Stuart Scott’s choral and orchestral creation, “Rejoice!” at the Christmas season of 2012. In Spring 2013, the Men’s Chamber Singers scored highest at the East Site for State Solo & Ensemble and continued on to perform at the 2013 MYAF recital. In April 2014, members of the Dakota Choirs traveled to Oahu, Hawaii to represent the state of Michigan and perform at Pearl Harbor for the National Festival of the States. In 2014, the Mixed Varsity Choir performed at the Michigan American Choral Directors Association Fall Conference. In April 2016, a 68-member choir performed on the stage of the Broadway Theatre in NYC and received straight Superior ratings from the professional Broadway adjudicators. Also, in Spring 2016, the Mixed Varsity Chamber Singers were ranked in the top 13 ensembles in the state and performed at the 2016 MYAF recital.
Todd Moses received an Associate Certificate of Music Performance from Macomb Community College, Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Ball State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Saginaw Valley State University. While earning his degrees, he performed in a number of ensembles from Macombers Show Entertainment to Ball State University Singers, along with musical theater productions throughout his college career. Other performing experiences include theme park productions at Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, a PBS special with Fred Waring’s U.S. Chorus and soloist engagements with the internationally acclaimed Detroit Concert Choir.
Todd has been a choral director in Michigan’s public schools since 1992. He has had the opportunity to co-direct Macomb Community College’s middle school and high school gifted and talented show choir programs – Garfield Singers and Magic Company. He has also served as one of the vocal clinicians for MCC’s Junior High Show Choir Workshop with choreographer Andrew Haines. His teaching experience includes elementary music and high school choral music in Grosse Pointe Public Schools, high school/junior high choral music and elementary general music in Romeo Community Schools, undergraduate and graduate music methods classes for Saginaw Valley State University, and choral music first at Seneca Middle School and currently at Dakota High School within Chippewa Valley Schools starting in the year 2000.
In 2007, Todd, along with his Seneca teaching partner Anita Coppol, was one of three finalists for the ArtServe Michigan Governor’s Award for Arts & Culture (Guvvy) in the Arts Educator category. The Guvvy awards are designed to honor and celebrate artists, arts education institutions, arts & cultural organizations and arts educators for their creativity, excellence and artistic achievement.