Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings’ activities, including concerts, education programs and commissioning projects, are informed by this mission:

DCWS is a nationally recognized ensemble that engages Detroit area audiences and enriches our region through exceptional and innovative performances of chamber music with unique repertoire and venues.   

Core Values:


Artistic Standards

  1. World-class signature program complemented by innovative/unique programming
  2. Musician camaraderie and artist driven programming (includes external conductor advisory panel and internal artistic advisory committee)
  3. Encouraging talented young musicians
  4. Arts educational outreach to our community’s schools
  5. Playing a leadership role in the renaissance of Detroit arts
  6. Culture of collaboration and continuous learning
  7. Advancing the art form (commissioning, tours, recordings, premieres)
  8. Personalizing audience experiences and stakeholder relationships

Operational Standards

  1. Operational stability through strong financial condition
  2. Effective, active and engaged board
  3. Attract and develop the best available staff
  4. Commitment to exceptional customer and stakeholder service