Fall semester leads to world premiere

Midcoast Community Chorus sets registration

Aug 28, 2012
Photo by: Marti Stone Midcoast Community Chorus has commissioned a work by Paul Sullivan to be premiered in January.

Camden — Midcoast Community Chorus invites everyone to sing for the joy of it, sing for the community … and sing a world premiere composition in two January concerts. Registration for the fall semester will be Monday, Sept. 10 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the John Street Methodist Church, site of weekly rehearsals held Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The non-auditioned MCC invites all singers age 12 and older (current members in the 140-voice chorus range in age from 13 to 88), and there is a special recruitment emphasis at present on male singers. Registration will be followed by the first rehearsal. Early registration information and forms can be found online at mccsings.org.

In its five-year lifespan, MCC has become a vital component of Midcoast Maine’s musical scene. Its success has allowed the original single chorus to generate two additional group singing opportunities: Midcoast Community Children’s Chorus (MC3!) for ages 7-12; and a small auditioned ensemble that works with a more challenging repertoire and sings at each concert. MCC concerts regularly sell out.

Singers who join MCC enjoy positive energy, vocal training and camaraderie of the rehearsal/concert cycle and also give voice to an eclectic mix of songs from varied traditions and cultures. MCC’s “think globally, sing locally” approach inspires participants to reflect upon the powerful possibilities expressed in its vision statement, “When we sing, we change who we are. When we change who we are we change the world.”

Over the years, MCC concerts have provided substantial tangible support to local nonprofits working to improve the lives and well-being of Maine residents. Almost $50,000 has been donated (an amount representing all proceeds from spring concerts) to nonprofits such as The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, Maine Farmland Trust, Five Towns Communities That Care and New Hope for Women.

“Our hope is to change the world one song at a time,” said artistic director Mimi Bornstein. And “One Song at a Time” happens to be the title of a specially commissioned piece that will have its world premiere in the group’s January concerts.

That piece’s composer, Paul Sullivan, is a Grammy Award-winning musician who became a fan of MCC when he worked with the group last year as pianist with the Paul Winter Consort.

“We’re thrilled to have this collaboration with Paul Sullivan and excited to have Theresa Thomason, the Consort’s featured gospel singer, join us as soloist in January,” said Bornstein.

Those who register for the fall semester will have the opportunity to work during weekly rehearsals with Bornstein, who has built successful choral programs in four New England communities and traveled nationally as a conductor, educator and workshop leader. In addition, MCC is privileged to have the talented Sean Fleming as its concert keyboard accompanist.

The fall semester will culminate in a concert on Saturday, Jan. 12 in Bangor and on Sunday, Jan. 13 at the Strom Auditorium in Rockport. MCC will perform at both concerts with Sullivan and Thomason.

Fees for the semester are $50 for adults and $25 for those age 12 through 18. Payment plans are available and partial or full need-based scholarships are available to cover registration fees. All singers must be members of MCC; annual dues start at $10 for individuals and $5 for students. For more information, email info@mccsings.org or call 975-0582.

Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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