The regular season starts with weekly rehearsals after Labor Day and concludes with the final concert in May. The season is a little longer for Lyric Chorale and Milwaukee Youth Chorale. Each choir kicks off the season with a retreat in late August, and takes a performance tour in mid-late June.
The regular performance season includes 3 concerts where all MCC choirs participate. There are additional concerts and performance opportunities throughout the season. Please visit the season schedule and special performances pages to learn more.
The registration process is a little different depending your specific situation.
If your chorister is entering grades 1-3, there is no audition necessary. Register online here, and MCC staff will email the forms necessary to complete registration.
If your chorister is entering grades 4-12, it is necessary to schedule an audition. You can also register online here, and MCC staff will be in contact regarding the scheduling your audition and work with you through the registration process.
Rehearsals are different for each level, and vary slightly throughout the year. But all rehearsals have the same things in common:
- Practicing songs for concerts
- Learning music theory
All kinds. One of the goals of MCC is to expose children to all genres of music. As choristers grow up in the program, they will have been exposed to all genres of music and ready to be a leader in their school choirs.
Music representing many genres from Renaissance to present day and from around the globe. . . . As choristers advance through the program they will have been exposed to countless styles of music preparing them to be leaders in their own school programs and for a future in music.
Rehearsals are different for each level, and vary slightly throughout the year. But all rehearsals are based on cognitive learning theories that help everyone learn at their optimum. Sequential vocal warm-up exercises are designed for each age and skill level. Each rehearsal encompasses:
- Sequential Choral Training including sight-singing and aural training exercises
- Rehearsing pieces for performances
- Music theory
- Fun and Social Interaction
Absolutely! The more you sing, the better. MCC does not want to take kids away from school choirs, in fact we want MCC choristers to be leaders in their school choirs.
Yes. The high quality choral experiences that are afforded to MCC choristers require a talented and educated staff that teach and direct as well as plan and organize concerts and other performance opportunities. There is financial aid available through the Emily Crocker Scholarship Fund to help families in need. Click here for more info on tuition & fees.
It is imporant for choristers to be at each rehearsal and performance. However, the MCC staff understands that it is necessary to miss a rehearsal or a performance. MCC choristers are excused for school-required performances. The key is to have open communication with the Rehearsal Assistant and Director. If a chorister has missed too many rehearsals leading up to a concert, the director may ask the chorister to schedule a time to show the director he/she is properly prepared for the performance.
- Regular communication will be sent via email on a weekly basis. The weekly newsletter will include any future date changes/additions to calendar items, announcements and links to concert ticket sales. Volunteer requests and updates will also be in the weekly email.
- A calendar will be managed online through the website, which can be linked to a personal calender app.
- Remind App will be used to share last minute info, such as which door to enter, or a last minute change in pick up time.
- Singupgenius.com is used to manage signups for activities and multiple performances that utilize a portion of the choir.
In addition to regular season concerts that MCC hosts, MCC choirs are invited to sing with other performing arts groups in the area. These collaborative performances include singing in the Milwaukee Ballet's annual production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker and various other performances with the Ballet, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Bel Canto Chorus, Chant Clarie, UW-M Men's Chorus and other area arts organizations. Information about these performances can be found on the Special Performances page under the Performances heading.