Our Mission

The historic Music Hall, through its presentations and productions (including commissions of original artistic work), provides Southeastern Michigan with high quality performing arts programs and education that reflect the diverse mix of cultures that make up our community. Music Hall is Detroit’s “People’s Theater” – the place for high quality but non-elitist performing arts and education with an emphasis on dance, theater and music, particularly Jazz. Music Hall aims to be the most accessible, inclusive and culturally diverse performing arts institution in the country.


Matilda Rausch Dodge Wilson, founder of Music Hall , was born to German Immigrants Margaret and George Rausch in Walkerton, Ontario, Canada in October of 1883. A year after she was born the Rausch’s moved to Detroit, where her father owned and operated the “Princess Saloon”and her mother ran the “Dry Dock” boarding house next door. In 1902, after graduating Gorsline Business College, she went to work for the Dodge Brothers,John and Horace, at their Hamtramck, Michigan company.

The professional relationship between John and Matilda developed into a person alone and on December 10, 1907, she married John Dodge. Incidentally, one year later they purchased the Meadow Brook farm land in Rochester, Michigan. In1920, while in New York City attending an auto show John contracted influenza and died. At the time, the Dodge Brothers Company held the second place standing in automotive sales.


Music Hall Today

Music Hall has been home to many of Detroit's performing arts and in the past few years has witnessed another rebirth.

In 2006, under the leadership of Chairman Alex L. Parrish, the Board of Trustees hired Vincent C. Paul as President and Artistic Director. originally from Detroit, this New Yorker (of 20 years in Artist Management) took on the job with abundant ideas and the energy for success. During the time of the worst financial crisis since The Great Depression, Mr. Paul powered through to keep the doors of Music Hall open and welcoming, making many improvements and bringing the theater into a new phase for the next generation of theater goers. 

Today, Music Hall stands as Detroit's premier venue for jazz, theater, and dance. Through the generosity of our Trustees, Producers, Corporate Sponsors, Foundations, and Patrons, we are able to continue with our mission. 

Music Hall Staff

President and Artistic Director
Karen McBride
Director of Programming
Trafton Jean
Chief Financial Officer
Ted Nagy
Jazz Cafe Programming Director
Laura Raisch
Director of Individual Giving and Special Events
Latasha Burnett
Director of Trustee Communications
Julie Gervais
Director of Capacity Building
Rick Manore
Director of Public Relations
Cindy Morgan
Director of Box Office Operations
Erik Temple
Director of Food and Beverage
Bree Birr
Social Media and Audience Development
Kurt Henry
Director of Stage Production

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