Greetings, and Happy New Year to everyone!
2022 is here, and the Milwaukee Children’s Choir continues to grow and thrive despite continued concerns brought by the pandemic. As you can imagine, we saw a major decline in membership when COVID hit in March 2020. At the time, staff struggled with how to continue the season safely. However, with careful research and consideration, they developed programming that kept children engaged with the performing arts. The Board of Directors continues to be impressed with the creativity and hard work from our Executive Director, Artistic Director, and artistic staff in finding safe, appropriate ways to not only continue, but also to grow our choirs over the past two years.
These accomplishments are in part due to the high-quality performances staff continue to produce. When faced with the challenge of planning and conducting concerts virtually, the MCC team exceeded all expectations. The 2020-2021 season virtual performances were beautiful expressions of positivity and musical excellence. The MCC team truly made it look easy! But what many don’t know is the amount of time and effort – plus new tools and skills – required to make these concerts a reality. If you haven’t had a chance to see them (or if you want to view them again and again), visit the MCC YouTube channel or the MCC Facebook page. We know you’ll be both impressed and moved by our choristers’ performances.
Despite transitioning back to in-person programming, the artistic staff continues to raise the bar with each new performance and create great musical experiences for our kids! However, at the same time, they continue to make the safety of our choristers, staff, parents, and volunteers priority number one. We hope you can join us at our February 26 concert Sing Me A Story and May 14 concert Force for Good. Of course, if you can’t attend in person, you can join from the comfort of your home and live-stream the events. Invitations for these performances will hit your inboxes soon.
I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to thank the entire staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers for their continued support. I am grateful beyond words for the blessings of working with this amazing team of people. Of course, we are always looking for new individuals interested in volunteering their time, expertise, and passion for the MCC’s mission. If you may be interested, let us know by contacting Development Director Tasha Sorenson.
Thank you for your time. We hope to connect with you soon.
With warm regards,
Joe Ciancaglini and the MCC Board of Directors