Building on its highly successful start up, Midcoast Community Children’s Chorus — MC3! — will begin its third season Wednesday, Sept. 12. 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, 133 Chestnut St.

MC3! will be led by Mimi Bornstein, founder and artistic director of Midcoast Community Chorus, with Barbara Hendricks serving as assistant director. Forming a children’s chorus was a natural next step as an extension of MCC’s mission to sing as a community for the community, said MCC Executive Director Shelley Johnson.

“The standing-room-only crowd at both recitals performed by the children last year makes it clear that we are right on track,” she said.

The children’s chorus is a non-auditioned chorus and welcomes young singers between the ages of 7 and 12. 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. Through this process we gain a sense of feeling as if we are on the same team — all working for the common good,” said Bornstein.

Children also will be learning about the voice as an instrument, as well as being taught music literacy and sight-singing skills during rehearsals. A new initiative for the children’s chorus this year will be to follow the highly successful model of MCC benefit concerts, which raise both awareness and funds for local nonprofits doing important work in the community. To date, MCC has raised almost $50,000 for local nonprofits. Children singing with MC3! will choose a local organization to benefit, learn about the work of that organization and give away a portion of concert  proceeds to the selected beneficiary. This will help further the entire organization’s mission to sing as a community for the community.

Registration materials are posted online at for early registration by mail. Semester registration fees are $50, and annual MCC dues start at $5 for students. Partial and full scholarships are available, as well as flexible payment plans. For more information, call 975-0582 or send email to

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