Midcoast Community Chorus launches new children’s chorus

Posted Aug. 14, 2011, at 9:48 p.m.

Building on its many successes singing as a community for the community, Midcoast Community Chorus has announced the formation of Midcoast Community Children’s Chorus, or MC3. Since its inception in 2007, MCC has delighted audiences throughout the midcoast region and raised more than $35,000 for local nonprofits.

“Our long-term strategic plan has always included a children’s chorus — we are incredibly excited to be able to make it a reality this fall,” said MCC executive director Shelley Johnson.

There will be an open discussion and informational meeting about MC3 at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at John Street United Methodist Church in Camden. The chorus is nonauditioned and open to all children ages 7 to 12. Rehearsals will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, and will be held 4-5:15 p.m. each Wednesday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Chestnut Street in Camden. The semester will run Sept. 21-Dec. 14.

The young singers will be led by Mimi Bornstein, MCC founder and artistic director. Kat Logan, a new addition to MCC, will act as Children’s Chorus assistant director. When asked about the inspiration behind starting a children’s chorus, Bornstein said, “We do not currently have a community children’s chorus in the midcoast, and it is time to have one. Providing a place for young people to come together in voice and song is integral to community building on so many levels. Having a safe place for children and youth to sing together offers amazingly fertile ground for building self-confidence, self-esteem and strong community. It is so important for our children and youth to have a place where their voices can be heard, honored and celebrated for the beautiful sounds that are uniquely theirs. Incorporate that with the opportunity to gain skills for creating musical and artistic excellence and it is a win-win. I have worked with hundreds of adults who at some point in their childhood were told they couldn’t sing, and the long-term result of this message was devastating to each and every one of them. It is so valuable to work with children before they are quieted or told that they ‘can’t sing.’ Everyone can sing, and everyone deserves to have a place to come together in musical community.”

The meeting is free and open to the public. Registration for the fall semester will be available at the meeting, $45 per semester for MCC members, annual memberships start at $5. It is not necessary to attend the meeting if your children would like to participate in MC3. Registration materials will be posted online at www.mccsings.org after the Aug. 18 meeting. New singers also may register starting at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21, followed by the first rehearsal. For more information, email info@mccsings.org or call 975-0582.

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