About Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings

Since its founding in 1982, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings has set the standard for chamber music in Detroit. By bringing together the top musicians from the metro area, most of whom are members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theatre, DCWS immerses audiences in a chamber music experience that is innovative, entertaining, and unsurpassed anywhere in the region.

With chamber music as its foundation, DCWS’ mission has evolved to address the ever-changing, ever-challenging Detroit arts landscape with grand achievements. Some 30 new works have been premiered. Five compact discs have been released. Tours have stretched throughout the United States and as far as Switzerland.

ArtOps – Arts Management Organization

DCWS has pioneered a unique model for arts management. DCWS shares its staff with the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble. Each organization maintains its individual identity, along with its own board of directors and institutional mission. But they share almost everything else that goes into administering successful arts organizations: office space, accounting, technology, and staff. DCWS extends these administrative services to other institutions that benefit from sharing expertise and resources on a more limited basis. Among DCWS’ client organizations are Motor City Brass Band, Madrigal Chorale, Cabaret 313, Eisenhower Dance, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and InsideOut Literary Arts. These partnerships are undertaken with a goal of serving DCWS’ core mission of providing great concerts and arts education services.

To clarify the relationship between its performing ensemble and its collaborative business model, a separate LLC was formed to oversee the management services piece of the DCWS business. This LLC, which is wholly owned by DCWS, has become the ArtOps we know today.


Its commitment to collaboration has brought considerable recognition to DCWS. Recent awards have come from the Hudson Webber Foundation, the McGregor Fund, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Crain’s Detroit Business, the DTE Energy Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Knight Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and others.

In 2009 the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan provided a grant to support DCWS educational and outreach programs. The two year grant enabled DCWS to engage its first education and outreach specialist. DCWS continues to maintain a strong commitment to education today.

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