All children age 6 to 12 are invited to sing with the Midcoast Community Children’s Chorus (MC3!). Registration will take place Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 3:30 p.m., followed by the first rehearsal and parents meeting from 4 to 5:15 p.m., at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 33 Chestnut St. The fall semester will continue with rehearsals every Wednesday from 4 to 5:15 p.m., culminating in a January recital.

MC3! was started two years ago by Mimi Bornstein, founder and artistic director of Midcoast Community Chorus. This year, MCC is excited to introduce Toki Oshima as the new director of the children’s chorus. Oshima, who has a master’s degree in music education, worked at the Ashwood Waldorf School for 12 years and also taught a singing and dancing group for first through third graders. Most recently, she has been co-teaching at the Morning Glory School in Belfast, a Waldorf Kindergarten school.

Bornstein said that Oshima comes to this position with a wealth of experience making community music, has studied folk music from all over the world, is a skilled and experienced musician and performer in her own right and is an experienced educator.

“Toki’s experience and understanding of the importance of creating community music in a fun, nurturing, supportive environment, her commitment to teaching and learning about music from a diversity of cultures and traditions, and her love of working with children is a perfect match for MCC,” Bornstein said.

Registration materials are posted online at for early registration by mail. New singers also may register starting at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 18. Semester registration fees are $75, and annual MCC dues start at $5. Partial and full scholarships are available as well as payment plans. For more information, email or call 975-0582.

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