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.
An Immigrant's Journey
The Miami Children’s Chorus through its project “An Immigrant’s Journey” seeks to provide a positive view of segments in our community often seen in a negative light. Working with more than 500 children, MCC will commission two new works for this project. One by Sydney Guillaume a Haitian-American and Cristian Grases a composer born in Venezuela. MCC will be joined by the professional string quartet Bergonzi for the world premier of both pieces.
Bring on the Boys
As fewer and fewer boys were singing in school programs in our community, MCC designed a response to address this issue. MCC created a workshop for boys with unchanged voices. In this environment they spend a day working with a clinician, the current boys in the MCC and alumni of the ensemble. Boys learn the power and joy of singing and the opportunities available for singing throughout their lives. The UM Men's Chorus has sung with and for them. This program has led to an increase in the number of boys participating in the MCC and the length of time they stay. Many of the boys have also joined their school choruses to continue their singing experience.
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 for 2015-2016 include Dr. Doreen Rao, Elmer Iseler Chair in Conducting and Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto and Dr. Cristian Grases, Assistant Professor of Choral and Sacred Music at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. They will also lead the sing-alongs. The music will include songs by composers of the past, present and emerging.
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 43 works in varying styles, languages (Haitian-Creole, Spanish, English, Latin) and varying forces (i.e. a cappella, piano and works for chorus and orchestra).