The MCC Board of Directors is proud of the growth and positive direction of the organization despite the ongoing pandemic. Last season, artistic and administrative staff created amazing musical experiences for choristers under impossible conditions and restrictions. While we transition back to our in-person activities, the team continues to provide those same great experiences for our choristers. However, the experiences don’t stop at our singers. We’re thrilled to expand opportunities to our community.
Unlike previous seasons, the MCC brought concerts online for the first time in 2020-2021. Typically, an average of 300 individuals attends MCC in-person concerts. The night our first virtual concert premiered, we saw more than 500 views. Since the premiere date, the concert has been viewed over 5,000 times. We are floored by the interest and enthusiasm of our community. This example demonstrates the need for better accessibility to MCC performances, and we will certainly continue providing virtual opportunities.
The MCC has seen growth in so many other wonderful ways. This includes the growth of our Choir. Youth miss singing and the number of choristers in our Choir shows. We’ve doubled in size since last season! We anticipate a return to a pre-pandemic size Choir within the next two years. The Board of Directors would like to take this moment to welcome both our returning families, as well as our new ones. We are delighted to have you among us and look forward to an incredible 2021-2022 season.
The Board of Directors has also seen our own growth. With that said, we’d like to welcome our newest member, Oliver Johnson. Oliver is currently employed at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside as a Marketing Coordinator, and also has a background in nonprofits. He is a valuable asset to the MCC, and we can’t wait to see all that he helps accomplish. The Board of Directors is also happy to introduce our new Vice President to the Board, Kelly Schlicht. Kelly recently completed her first year as an MCC Board member, and currently co-chairs the Marketing Committee. Her commitment to the MCC is commendable, and the resources and knowledge she shares are extremely helpful to the Board and organization.
With the completion of the strategic plan drawing near, the Board is developing a process for measuring and evaluating progress towards organizational goals. The process will help us remain focused as we execute strategic plan strategies, continuing to improve organizational structure, sustainability, and programming.
The Milwaukee Children’s Choir has so many wonderful activities in the pipeline for the 2021-2022 season. This includes the return to live music with our first in-person performance since the start of the pandemic, Refresh. You can also see our youth perform with Bel Canto for their annual Holiday event, Christmas at the Basilica. And this is just the start! We have so much more in store for you this season. Stay tuned to learn more soon.
With warm regards,
Board President Joe Ciancaglini & the Board of Directors