The Miami Children's Chorus is touring Australia for the first time and they will stop by Peter Mac to sing for patients and staff.
Established in 1965, the award-winning Miami Children’s Chorus continues today as a youth chorus for children aged 8-18 and offers children of Miami-Dade County, Florida, the opportunity to study and perform standard and experimental forms of choral music. Through this study, the children learn musicianship, vocal technique, discipline, commitment and the rewards of sustained and dedicated effort. In weekly rehearsals the children also learn that there is no greater result than giving their personal best.
Presentations by the choristers of the MCC have won acclaim from critics and earned the organization national recognition as an exemplary children's choir. MCC has bowed twice with the renowned Cleveland Orchestra, first in
2012 in a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 and again in 2015 for Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. In 2018 MCC appeared with PBS favorites André Rieu and Ethan Bortnick, at American Airlines Arena with Barry Manilow in his A Very Barry Christmas, and at the 44th NFL Super Bowl with Queen Latifah for the pre-game show at Sun Life Stadium in 2010. Additional performance credits include three appearances at Festival Miami (Florida); Carnegie Hall (New York); the Cardiff Proms Summer Concert Series (Wales, UK); the Israel Chamber Orchestra; and, by invitation, in the Great Hall of The Mozarteum for the 2015 Cantus MM Festival in Salzburg.
In 2017 the MCC celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the life of John F. Kennedy at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, singing in the world premiere performance of Ansanm Ansanm (All Together) by Sydney Guillaume with 13 choirs from around the world and in concert on the Millennium Stage. In 2018 MCC-prepared choristers to appear with Magic City Opera (Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck); Florida International University Choirs (Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein); and Orchestra Miami (The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart).
Currently, MCC conducts a wide variety of community service projects: Bring on the Boys, a project for boys with unchanged voices held at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami; and Sing Miami!, a professional development workshop for teachers and a free community sing-along and partnership project between the MiamiChildren’s Chorus, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Song and Spoken Word is the newest MCC project, seeking to help build community.
MCC can be heard singing background on recordings of Raul di Blasio, Gloria Estefan, Christian Castro, and the Frost Chorale of the University of Miami. MCC has also participated in recording projects with Jon Secada and José Antonio Molina and Jim Papoulis. MCC has appeared in state, regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. The MCC commissioning project—New Works forChildren’s Voices —has introduced 48 new works to the children’s chorus repertory from composers aroundthe globe. The latest offerings occurring in 2018 are Réfugié Mon Frère by Sydney Guillaume and La Esperanza del Caminante by Cristian Grases. Composer Shawn Crouch is currently preparing a piece for the MCC Song and Spoken Word Project.
The Miami Children’s Chorus has presented concerts in Austria, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, the Czech Republic, and South Africa, in addition to appearances in various cities in the United States. As a participant in the Gondwana Music Festival, Sydney, 2019 marks the Chorus’ first tour to Australia.