Building on its highly successful startup, the Midcoast Community Children’s Chorus — also known as MC3! — will begin its second season Wednesday, Feb. 8. Registration will open at 4:30 p.m. with a mandatory parents’ meeting from 5 to 5:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 33 Chestnut St. The spring semester will continue with rehearsals every Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. through May, culminating in a recital for the community.

MC3! is led by Mimi Bornstein, founder and artistic director of Midcoast Community Chorus. The new children’s chorus was a natural next step, an extension of MCC’s mission of singing as a community for the community, said MCC executive director Shelley Johnson, and “The response from the community to the children singing in our recent January concert made it clear we are right on track.”

The non-auditioned children’s chorus welcomes young singers between the ages of 7 and 12 . Bornstein said she has worked with hundreds of adults who at some point in their childhood were told they could not sing and the long term result of this message was devastating to them.

“Providing a place for young people to come together in voice and song is integral to community building on so many levels … Everyone can sing, and everyone deserves to have a place to come together in musical community,” she said.

Much like the 140-member adult community chorus led by Bornstein, the children’s chorus will learn and perform music of hope, peace, and transformation from all over the world. Learning about the cultures that this music comes from creates a strong sense of community, belonging, compassion and understanding, Bornstein said.

“Through this process, we gain a sense of feeling as if we are on the same team — all working for the common good,” she said.

Registration materials are posted online at for early registration by mail. New singers also may register Feb. 8 at 4:30 p.m. Semester registration fees are $50 and annual MCC dues start at $5 for students. Partial and full scholarships are available, as are payment plans. For more information, call 975-0582 or send email to

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