Midcoast Community Chorus under the direction of Mimi Bornstein will begin its fall semester Monday, Sept. 12. 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. MCC draws an average of 140 singers per semester.

Choristers may register by downloading a form from mccsings.org or in person from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Sept. 12 at John Street United Methodist Church, 98 John St; the first rehearsal will follow at 6:30 p.m. 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. MCC welcomes all singers age 12 and older.

The Fall 2011 semester will culminate in a Jan. 15 concert at the Strom Auditorium titled Simple Gifts. Rehearsals will be held every Monday night beginning from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the church. Sean Fleming will return as MCC’s rehearsal accompanist and also will perform with the chorus in the January concert.

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, Five Town Communities That Care and Maine Farmland Trust.

Registration also is open for Midcoast Community Children’s Chorus, MC3! MC3! welcomes young singers age 7- to 12-years-old with rehearsals starting Wednesday, Sept. 21. For more information or to download forms for early registration for either chorus, visit the website or call 975-0582.

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