Midcoast Community Chorus back at it

Sep 02, 2014
Photo by: Andrew Nowakowski Midcoast Community Chorus’ concerts at Strom Auditorium invariably sell out by show time.

Camden — Under the direction of Mimi Bornstein, Midcoast Community Chorus will begin its fall semester Monday, Sept. 15. Registration will start at 5 p.m. at John Street Methodist Church, 98 John St., with the first weekly rehearsal following at 6:30 p.m.

Founded in 2007 with a mission to sing as a community for the community, MCC is a multi-generational, non-auditioned chorus offering a supportive environment for anyone who wishes to find and celebrate voice. Ranging in age from 13 to 91 and comprised of novice singers to professional musicians, MCC draws an average of 130 singers each semester. The chorus is known as a nurturing, supportive community to all who join and offers online training tools for all singers, as well as music literacy classes for anyone who wishes to learn (or improve) music reading and sight singing skills. Anyone who sings with MCC also is welcome to audition for Chorale, MCC’s newly formed 40-voice auditioned ensemble.

Singers perform music of hope, healing, peace and transformation from all over the world, are given a place to find voice for themselves and give voice to some of the issues of our time. With the belief that “When we sing we change who we are, when we change who we are we change the world,” MCC performs two concerts a year, one of which is a benefit concert dedicated to raising awareness and funds for local nonprofit organizations addressing social injustices and community needs. The group has donated more than $60,000 to date; concert beneficiaries have included Knox County Health Clinic, New Hope for Women, Five Town Communities That Care, Maine Farmland Trust, Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast and, most recently, The Knox County Homeless Coalition.

The fall 2014 semester will culminate in a Jan. 11 concert at the 800-seat Strom Auditorium, where MCC concerts are a hot-ticket sell-out. For more information, visit mccsings.org or call 975-0582.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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