The first gathering of the spring 2010 season for the Midcoast Community Chorus will be held at the John St. United Methodist Church Monday, Feb. 8 with registration beginning at 5 p.m. and rehearsal from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Rehearsals will continue weekly on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the  church, 98 John St. The chorus’ next concert will be held on Saturday, June 12 at the Strom Auditorium in Rockport with the chorus performing to raise funds for Five Town Communities That Care.

Led by well known choral conductor and composer Mimi Bornstein of Rockport, the chorus raised $10,000 at its June 2009 concert to benefit New Hope For Women. Performing before sellout crowds at their last three concerts, MCC will raise its many voices in the June 12 concert in support of Five Town Communities That Care, a community-based organization that seeks to promote healthy youth development and to prevent problem adolescent behaviors such as substance abuse, suicide, violence, delinquency, school drop-out and teen pregnancy in the five town community of Appleton, Camden, Lincolnville, Hope and Rockport.

Midcoast Community Chorus has drawn rave reviews from Midcoast crowds for its energy, vocal power and moving performances. Influenced by the civil rights movement that used song to galvanize a generation to change, Bornstein developed the Midcoast Community Chorus as an opportunity for people to come together in one voice.

“We sing inspirational songs from a variety of traditions that change ourselves and our world,” said Bornstein.

All members of MCC may sing in the chorus with membership dues starting at $5 for students and $10 for adults. Seasonal chorister registration fees are $45 for adults and $25 for students younger than 18.  A limited number of full and partial scholarships for registration fees are available.

Dues and registration fees help support the ongoing operations and staffing of the organization. Registration will continue through the Feb. 15 rehearsal. For more information, call 975-0582 or visit mccsings.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.