Music Education and Performance Program
The Miami Children's Chorus is a music education and performance program for children age 8-18. In 3 advancing levels of ensemble the children learn respect, teamwork, commitment, collaboration, artistic integrity and dedicated effort. Performing opportunities have included singing twice with the Cleveland Orchestra, twice for the Mainly Mozart Festival, twice for Festival Miami and numerous productions with the Florida Grand Opera. Those opportunities are in addition to our annual concerts in Coral Gables and Miami Beach, Sing Miami at the Arsht Center and All Together Now in Homestead and Little Havana. MCC has also performed and/or recorded with Gloria Estefan, Nestor Torres, Jon Secada, Raul Di Blasio, Andre Rieu and Barry Manilow (2018). MCC has appeared on stage at the Teatro Colón (Argentina); the Great Hall of the Mozarteum (Austria) and The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.).
Song and Spoken Word
Song and Spoken Word is a new project for the MCC. A primary goal of this project is to use the power of words sung, read and spoken to foster greater empathy and understanding of some of the different cultures in our community. We feel that the arts can provide a vehicle to help “…raise the profile of less visible cultures and foster connections and positive exchanges among residents from different cultures.” By actively engaging the community in singing songs and readings in their original language coupled with English translations (sung and spoken) we will have a tremendous impact on the importance of valuing all people in our community. A new song has been commissioned for this project. Song and Spoken Word will take place in partnership with the Miami-Dade Public Library System with presentations in all the regional libraries and two branch locations.
Sing Miami is a partnership project with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. It has two components: 1. Professional Development with leading music education facilitators for local teachers; and 2. Free Community Sing-Alongs with the ensembles of the MCC. Workshop facilitators and song leaders have included Nick Page, Master Song Leader; Dr. Doreen Rao, Elmer Iseler Chair in Conducting and Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto; Dr. Cristian Grases, Assistant Professor of Choral and Sacred Music at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music; Phil Greco, Project-Based Learning Specialist; Sydney Guillaume, Composer; Jim Papoulis, Composer and Elizabeth Nunez, Associate Artistic Director, Young Peoples Chorus of New York City.
New Works for Children's Voices
New Works for Children's Voices is the MCC Commissioning project of composers from around the world. Classical Movements, Inc., sponsored the MCC commission for 2015 of Composer, Jim Papoulis (NY). Mr. Papoulis is the co-founder of the Foundation for Small Voices. His work The Sounds of A New Generation explored questions and statements important to the youth of today. Other composers who have written for the MCC include Nestor Torres (FL), David Brunner (FL) and Sydney Guillaume (CA). To date MCC has commissioned and given the world premier performance for more than 47 works in varying styles, languages (Haitian-Creole, Spanish, English, Latin) and varying forces (i.e. a cappella, piano and works for chorus and orchestra). Many of the works commissioned by the MCC have been published and sung by choirs around the globe.