As the holidays pass and the New Year begins, the children of the Miami Children’s Chorus get back to rehearsals and begin preparing for what will be a very active spring semester.
The Miami Children’s Chorus offers a variety of programs that cater to all ages, programs that unlock and showcase the treasures our youth posses. From free and ticketed concerts, to teacher development workshops, singing workshops, and free community events, there is an opportunity for everyone to participate.
At concerts you will be blown away by the artistry and level of musical excellence that youth can achieve. At an MCC community event you can feel comfortable to share and explore your own musical capacity.
Spring begins with MCC at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science where members of the Miami Children’s Chorus Inizio and Intermedio ensembles will present a science themed sing-along for students and families of the Science Stars Program. Designed by the science museum, Science Stars helps get kids excited about science and provides museum access to those children who many not otherwise have the opportunity. The Miami Children’s Chorus will present two sing-alongs at the science museum on Jan. 23 and Feb. 13.
February also will see the MCC at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for the annual presentation of the Miami Children’s Chorus singing workshop, “Bring on the Boys!” Boys, ages 8 to 13, in public or private school and those being home-schooled are invited to join the boys of the MCC and the men of Maelstrom [UM] on Saturday, Feb. 1, for a morning of interactive music making. The workshop sets out to show boys exactly what being in a chorus is all about and proves to them that singing in a chorus can be a fun and cool thing to do. The workshop concludes with a free demonstration performance open to the public. Registration is required.
Later in the month, you can catch the MCC at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the second installment of Sing Miami!, which includes a free music teacher development workshop on Friday, Feb. 7, and a free community sing-along on Saturday, Feb. 8. The workshop focuses on developing knowledge and skills for 21st Century music teaching and learning and provides South Florida music educators with an opportunity for continued learning. Elizabeth Nuñez, associate conductor of the award-winning Young People’s Chorus of New York, will serve as the workshop clinician.
March presents an opportunity for Homestead and Florida City residents to join in the singing fun as the MCC presents “All Together Now” the organizations primary community service project
Established in 1999, its main goal is to promote a unified sense of community through singing. It is a series of free community sing-alongs that promote the preservation of songs reflecting our multicultural heritage and gives county residents the opportunity to join together singing songs that all people can sing and enjoy throughout their lifetime.
Additionally, MCC will continue its work in the community with We Will Sing (WWS) the organization’s choral outreach project that provides a free semester-long choral music experience for children age 8-14 from underserved Miami-Dade County neighborhoods. Using the art of choral singing, the project focuses on the development of important skills such as teamwork and discipline. Participating children give their debut performance at one of MCC’s “All Together Now” events where they witness first hand the rewards of their dedicated effort and join their friends, family, and the entire community for a morning of fellowship and singing.
The 2013-14 MCC season draws to a close on May 18 when the group presents its annual spring concert, “Let The Children Sing,” in concert in the heart of Coral Gables at the First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables. This celebratory event showcases the artistic excellence and diversity of all three ensembles of the MCC and honors their personal and musical growth.
Don’t miss your chance to witness the artistry of Miami’s premier professional children’s choir. To learn more visit www.miamichildrenschorus.org or call 305-662-7494.