Founded in 1994 by former music educator and Vice President for choral publications at Hal Leonard Corporation 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. 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. These choirs regularly collaborate with other Milwaukee area musical organizations, such as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet, and the Skylight Opera Theatre, and participate in singular performance opportunities, ranging from a Kenny Rogers Christmas concert to a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Various iterations of these six groups have also organized regional, national, and international performance tours during the organization’s 20-plus-year history. MCC also manages in-school auditions, workshops, and a choral music library for area music teachers and their students.
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