Milwaukee Children’s Choir

Click the image to learn more. On May 18, 2019, the Milwaukee Children's Choir celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special concert held at St. Sebastian Parish.

Founded in 1994 by former music educator and Vice President for choral publications at Hal Leonard Corporation[1] Emily Holt Crocker, the Milwaukee Children’s Choir (MCC) is a music education and performance non-profit organization serving children and youth from the ages of four to eighteen in the Greater Milwaukee area.[2] MCC includes six choral divisions: Songbirds, which offers early childhood music education to children ages 4-5; Prelude Choir, which focuses on elemental music theory and performance experience for grades 1-3; Boychoir and Girlchoir, gender-divided groups emphasizing vocal technique for grades 3-6; Resident Choir, which focuses on local and regional performance for grades 5-8; Concert Choir, which offers intensive vocal training for grades 6-10; and Milwaukee Youth Chorale, which provides the most advanced training in technique and music theory to grades 9-12.[3] These choirs regularly collaborate with other Milwaukee area musical organizations, such as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet, and the Skylight Opera Theatre,[4] and participate in singular performance opportunities, ranging from a Kenny Rogers Christmas concert[5] to a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City.[6] Various iterations of these six groups have also organized regional, national, and international performance tours during the organization’s 20-plus-year history.[7] MCC also manages in-school auditions, workshops, and a choral music library for area music teachers and their students.[8]

Footnotes [+]

  1. ^ Tom Strini, “Milwaukee Children’s Choir Music Director Stepping Down,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 13, 2008.
  2. ^Biography,” Milwaukee Children’s Choir website, accessed July 11, 2015.
  3. ^Choirs,” Milwaukee Children’s Choir website, accessed July 11, 2015.
  4. ^ “Milwaukee Children’s Choir,” United Performing Arts Fund website,, accessed July 11, 2015.
  5. ^ Erik Ernst, “More from Kenny Rogers on Becoming a Country Star and Releasing a New Gospel Album,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 25, 2011.
  6. ^ Tom Strini, “Children’s Choir Going All Out,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 29, 2005.
  7. ^ “Tours,” Milwaukee Children’s Choir website,, accessed July 11, 2015, information now available at, last accessed September 18, 2017.
  8. ^ “Educator Resources,” Milwaukee Children’s Choir website, accessed July 11, 2015,, information now available at, last accessed September 18, 2017.
  9. ^ Jackie Loohauis-Bennet, “Milwaukee Children’s Choir Names Melendez New Artistic Director,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 16, 2012.


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