Simply put, I LOVE MCO! I LOVE rehearsals. I LOVE performing with my children. I LOVE the professional experience MCO gives me and my children to “perform on the big stage” as my children put it. I LOVE hearing my children sing with confidence. I have a bachelor’s degree in music education with an emphasis in vocal singing. This choir, the whole experience, surpasses everything I did in college. My vocal skills, and my sight reading skills are utilized and elevated every year. I LOVE the dedication, talents, abilities, foresight, and love the directors have for music and for all MCO participants. I LOVE watching rehearsals and taking what I have learned and trying it out on my own students in class.
As a mom of a teen boy who sings in the youth choir, I have been so touched by our experience in MCO. I have seen my son build friendships with kids who are like-minded not only in music but in faith. My son has learned much more than how to sing; he has learned how to praise God with other youth in their own way. I can’t image a better way for youth to spend their time than singing in this fabulous choir with such uplifting people surrounding them.
I have been performing my whole life … this is something different. The music is glorious and the voices surrounding me are angelic. I imagine this is what it is like to sing in a heavenly choir.
The songs that we sing in MCO create opportunities for the Holy Ghost to testify of truth, to pierce our hearts with the knowledge that God is real, Christ lives, and we are loved. I am grateful for every chance that I have to sing praises to God with so many amazing and talented singers. This organization has changed my life and thus changed the lives of my children. Thank you, MCO!
What a blessing it has been to be a part of MCO! From the very first rehearsal I could feel that something was different with this amazing group. All eight of us in our family made the commitment. At times it was a sacrifice, but to hear our five-year-old ‘busy’ boy singing about Mary and Jesus around home made it worth it.
I have been a member of the orchestra in Orange County for about 4 years or so. I live a distance away and often as I am preparing to drive to the first rehearsal of every concert, I ask myself, “Why am I doing this? Driving down the 405 in rush hour traffic, to play music?” But, of course, once I get there, I am instantly reminded. The level of talent of the music directors is amazing. The songs and arrangements feel inspired. It is one of the only places where I get to enjoy my passion for music and feel the spirit in the music that we play.
Each Thursday, I join my heart and voice with hundreds of others who, like me, need a refuge from the storms of life. We receive astounding original compositions and arrangements of beloved melodies, and we are trusted to give them life. To work tirelessly each week for the season and then present our audiences with polished and passionate performances… It’s a humbling experience. With each season, I’ve gained an an increase in musicianship, lifelong friendships, added patience and drive, and a greater resolve to be a better person. Continue reading
I love that as a non-professional musician, I can have a professional-level experience playing in the orchestra and with minimal time commitment. The light rehearsal schedule makes it possible for a busy mother like me with four little ones to fully participate. It has been such a unifying experience for [my entire family] to participate together. It has strengthened us as a family unit and created wonderful traditions and memories that have greatly enriched our lives.
In MCO I have found not only the musical challenge and fulfillment I sought for in a choir but so much more.
MCO is ingeniously created, and once you experience it, you will never look back!