MCC is excited to announce that Fernando Malvar-Ruiz – an expert on training boy's voices – will lead Bring on the Boy's 2018. A former Music Director of the distinguished American Boychoir and future Music Director of the Los Angeles Children's Chorus, Fernando will guide boys with changed and unchanged voices at Miami-Dade College Kendall Campus Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. The day will conclude with a public informance.
Sign up today by downloading and completing the registration form or calling 305.662.7494 to complete your registration. Cost is $20 per participant with a group price of $15 when registering 5 boys together. You won't want to miss this rare opportunity to learn from one of the best young voice experts in the country. Register now! We look forward to seeing you Sat., Feb. 3rd at 9:00AM.
Newly Commissioned Works
Happy New Year! May 2018 bring you much joy, peace and happiness!
The MCC holiday season was filled with gifts of love by supporters and contributors closing out 2017 and by newly arrived gifts from composers Sydney Guillaume and Cristian Grases. Réfugié, Mon Frère (Guillaume) and La Esperanza Del Caminante (Grases) are the latest works commissioned by the MCC. Both were written for the MCC project An Immigrant's Journey. This project – sponsored in part by The Miami Foundation – seeks to build community through song. We seek to spark a community conversation with our youth that will lead to greater empathy and substantive understanding of segments in our community often seen in a negative light.
This project of the MIami Children's Chorus is supported, in part, by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the City of Coral Gables; the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; The Miami Foundation; the Miami Marlins Foundation; the City of Coral Gables and Citizens Interested in Arts, Inc.
Miami Children's Chorus is holding new auditions for the second half of its 2017-2018 Season. Audition dates are:
Tues., JAN 16th
Thurs., JAN 18th
Tues., JAN 23rd
Thurs., JAN 25th
Scheduled appointments begin at 4:00PM. Complete an audition request form online today to schedule your appointment to audition for the MCC.
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"What sweeter music can we bring, Than a carol for to sing?" These words by poet Robert Herrick sum up the joy one feels when listening to the sound of children's voices during the holiday season. The MCC Annual Holiday Concert – Voices of Angels – will evoke great joy as we share with you the music of the holiday season by all three ensembles. Composers past and present, traditional and contemporary will be on full display by the artistry and excellence of the children of the MCC.
Voices of Angels will take place Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 4:00PM at the First United Methodist Church of Coral of Coral Gables – 536 Coral Way. Tickets – $25 General Admission | $10 Children (age 5-18), MCC Alumni & Senior Citizens [Available through Golden Ticket Program] • Call MCC 305.662.7494 for information. Tickets can be purchased securely directly on the MCC website.
Sunday, November 5, 2017 the youth of the Miami Children's Chorus presented Bach to Basics with alumni guest artist Frances Collins-Tamargo, soprano and a stellar group of instrumentalists led by MCC principal accompanist Alan Ngim. Singing the music of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi the audience was taken on a journey of music from the Baroque period. Singing solo works, chorales, excerpts from cantata's and masses, it was a wonderful afternoon of artistic music-making by the children of the MCC.
Without question, the highlight of the afternoon was the singing by soprano Frances Collins-Tamargo. Frances gave a passionate and inspiring performance in each and every work she performed. As one audience member wrote: "This was the most beautiful choral concert I have heard in years. Not a 10 but higher. Frances Collins-Tamargo gave me chills." Maestro Sharp commented: "Thank you Frances for sharing your performing excellence with the MCC. Your preparation, stage presence and singing were a joy for the current choristers to witness. I could not be more proud of how much you continue to grow as an artist. Bravo!"
"As I said this past weekend, you and your kids really made the show a massive success. The oohs and ahhs that came from the audience told the story of the evening and I can't imagine a better ending for the opera than what you helped us create. Thank you for being the difference maker for our production. I hope we can work with each other on this again for 2018 and beyond." Graham Fandrei, Executive Director, Magic City Opera
Joining local professionals in a production by Magic City Opera, MCC appeared in 4 performances of Hansel and Gretel in the month of October. In what MCO hopes will become a South Florida tradition, hundreds of audience members young and old filled the performing space at Pinecrest Gardens and the Olympia Theater. They were treated to some outstanding singing and given a chance to "Trick-or-Treat" with the cast at the end of each show. Thank you Magic City Opera for a fabulous experience. We look forward to working with you some more in promoting "The Big Five."
At the stroke of midnight – in the first second of Thur., Nov. 16, 2017 – you can make a difference in the lives of young singers in our community with your support of the Miami Children's Chorus. The choristers age 8-18 have been very busy honing their craft and making presentations in the community. Now you can help them continue their growth by making a contribution in their honor.
To go to the MCC page to donate, click on the link. Your support will help provide funds for our choral music education and performance program as we commission new works, provide free community singalongs and prepare the next generation of artists and supporters of the arts with a high quality offering.
Give Miami Day is one of the largest annual giving events in the Southeast United States. It is conducted by The Miami Foundation with local corporate support.
Mix a wonderful group of children in three levels of ensemble with master song leader Nick Page; outstanding alumni and guest artists – Frances Collins-Tamargo and Johann Sebastian Guzman; the incredible Bergonzi String Quartet; newly commissioned works by composers Cristian Grases and Sydney Guillaume; a new project titled An Immigrant's Journey; newly-appointed Los Angeles Children's Chorus Artistic Director; Maestro Fernando Malvar-Ruiz; and four annual concerts with free family sing-alongs and what do you get – the Miami Children's Chorus exciting 2017-2018 Season.
Rehearsals for the season have begun. Hurricane Irma dealt us a minor setback but we forge ahead creating excellence each and every week. Find out how you can join us by calling 305.662.7494 today. Check out our calendar of events. We invite you to experience the masterful music-making of the children of the MCC for yourself starting October 2017.
Sun., Nov. 5th 4:00PM the Miami Children's Chorus is pleased to welcome alum Frances Collins-Tamargo as its featured soloist for Artistry of Youth 2017. Appearing on "Bach to Basics", Frances will share her musical excellence on pieces by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and more along with the Advanced Chorus. Click Read More below to get your tickets today for Bach to Basics. Call 305-662-7494 to learn more about welcoming home Frances Collins-Tamargo.
The Miami Children's Chorus will be holding auditions for new singers for the 2017-2018 Season thru September. Secure your spot in this award-winning program today. Be a part of the artistry and excellence that is the hallmark of the MCC. Group vocal training, sight-reading, developing artistry and disciplined effort are all a part of the MCC offering.
The MCC NE Tour included Serenade 2017 which afforded MCC the opportunity to sing at the Kennedy Center. With an impressive display of artistry and passion, the choristers wowed the audience with their performance on the Millennium Stage. Their eclectic program offering showed the depth of emotive power and excellence when all works well. Hear for yourself their artistry and excellence.
MCC STATUS UPDATE 09.16.17 REV 3
Made the rounds today to find out how the routes were looking getting to and from rehearsal. Tough navigating the roads with street lights out and streets blocked off because of down trees near Riviera. As of today power has not been restored to the MCC office so we have not been able to respond to your calls as we would like to.
For now we will aim for rehearsals starting Wed., Sept. 20, 2017 for all MCC ensembles. If there is a dramatic shift in the fortunes we will let you know as soon as possible.
We hope that you have weathered Hurricane Irma without to much damage. Many are still without power and FPL is working hard to restore power to everyone by Tues. in Miami-Dade County.
We look forward to seeing you and to making music again. The challenges are ahead of us. Your commitment and artistry will help us get through them together with the same excellence you have consistently demonstrated. Until then!
MCC STATUS UPDATE 09.13.17 REV 2
We hope all our MCC chorister families, staff, Board and friends made it through the storm without much difficulty. It's no fun being without power for sure. Our office and rehearsal site are still without power. Our 21st Century world also reminds us how tied to technology we are. Limited connectivity, limited phone access ["Can I at least get 2 bars?"], and the like. As we pass the time with our families and friends we reconnect before the steady pace of life and routine starts again. We are hoping to resume rehearsals again starting Mon., Sept. 18, 2017. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon!
The Children's Trust Family Expo 2017 scheduled for Sat., Sept. 9th has been postponed due to the threat of Hurricane Irma. It will be rescheduled for a date yet to be determined. Be safe my friends!