Midcoast Community Chorus under the direction of Mimi Bornstein will begin its fall semester Monday, Sept. 13. 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 wants to sing. It draws an average of 120 to 140 singers per semester.

Performing music of hope, healing, peace and transformation from all over the world, singers 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 at least two concerts a year, one of which raises awareness and funds for a local nonprofit organization addressing social injustices and community needs. Past beneficiaries have included the Knox County Health Clinic, New Hope for Women and Five Town Communities That Care.

The fall 2010 semester will culminate in a Jan. 9 concert at the Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport. MCC will be collaborating once again with the African drumming and dance ensemble¬† Djump! led by Jeff Wolovitz. MCC’s previous concert with Djump!, held at the Rockport Opera House in January 2009, was standing-room-only.

MCC also is very excited to announce it will be performing with the Paul Winter Consort in a special Feb. 27 concert produced by Bay Chamber Concerts.

“Even though none of us knew it at the time, the seeds for what is now the Midcoast Community Chorus were planted in 2004 when I formed a large community chorus to sing Paul Winter’s ‘Missa Gaia (Earth Mass)’ as a benefit concert for Tanglewood,” said Bornstein.

Music for the Bay Chamber concert will include many of the movements from the “Missa Gaia,”¬† as well as a few newer pieces written by members of the consort.

“To have the opportunity to sing this beautiful, powerful music again, now with Paul Winter and his amazing consort, is a dream come true and feels like we have come full circle in a very special way,” said Bornstein.

Choristers may register to sing in both concerts or just the January MCC concert. In keeping with its mission to being open to all who wish to sing, registration fees are moderately priced and some full and partial scholarships are available.

Rehearsals will be held every Monday night beginning Sept. 13 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at John Street Methodist Church. Sean Fleming will return as MCC’s rehearsal accompanist and also will perform with the chorus in January.

Registration will be held at 5 p.m. on Sept. 13, followed by the first rehearsal. For more information or to download registration forms for early registration, visit mccsings.org or call 975-0582.

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