Originally the Miami Choral Society, the organization was founded in 1965 and offered both adult and youth choral ensembles. In 1970, the adult chorus became a stand-alone organization – The Civic Chorale – and what remained was transformed into the Miami Children’s Chorus under the direction of Timothy A. Sharp, who set the organization on a trajectory of excellence that has gained praise from experts around the world. In its history MCC has performed in over ten countries – the United States, Italy, Germany, England, Wales, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Canada, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, and most recently Australia.
Throughout its long history, MCC has prepared children to appear and record with artists in a wide variety of musical settings. They have sung with the Cleveland Orchestra, with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, with Queen Latifah at the 44th NFL Super Bowl, with André Rieu and Ethan Bortnick for PBS, Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, Nestor Torres and Raul Di Blasio. MCC has performed numerous productions with the Florida Grand Opera – La Bohème, Tosca, Carmen, Turandot, Pagliacci; former Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Master Chorale of South Florida, Miami Bach Society, Festival Miami and the Mainly Mozart Festival.
Through its New Works for Children’s Voices new music project the organization has commissioned over fifty works for youth chorus. Twenty of those works are published and performed by groups around the world. Composers who have written for the MCC include David Brunner, Kevin Wayne Bumpers, René Clausen, Oscar Escalada, Sydney Guillaume, Stephen Hatfield, Robert Heath, Derrick James, Lee Kesselman, Greg Knauf, Edwin McLean, Francisco Nuñez, Nick Page, Gregg Smith, David Walker and the award-winning composer Eric Whitacre.
In addition to producing professional youth choral concerts for over five decades, MCC has proven to be a positive musical resource to the community through its many successful community projects. MCC continues to offer its signature sing-along community events that began in 1999 with a project called All Together Now. That project grew into Sing Miami! Which celebrated its 10 year anniversary at the Arsht Center in 2020.
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 and Citizens Interested in Arts, Inc.