Millennial Choirs & Orchestras was founded in 2007 with its inaugural locale, OCMCO. Registration (for youth) and audition sign-ups (for adults) for spring 2016 opens Monday, November 16, 2015.
To gain a better understanding of MCO, please browse this website, particularly the About MCO section, including the Ensemble Overview and Participation Info pages. We also encourage you to listen to MCO’s four albums on iTunes, three of which landed in the top 3 of Billboard Magazine’s Traditional Classical Chart: To Be American; O Holy Night; Messiah in America; and That Easter Morn.
MCO PARTICIPANT HANDBOOK
For MCO’s general policies, expectations, tuition costs, attire costs, and all other information, please read the MCO Participant Handbook.
2015-2016 SEASON REGISTRATION & AUDITIONS
REGISTRATION: Open registration is for youth ensembles (ages 4-18). No audition is necessary. Click the link at the top or bottom of this page to register youth.
- Full-season registration and discount – now closed.
- “Early Bird” registration for second semester only – Monday, November 16, 2015, through Monday, November 30, 2015, at midnight. Patrons registering during this period will have the option to pay for the semester up front or to make monthly payments over a period of five months (November-March).
- Regular registration for second semester only – Monday, November 16, 2015, through Monday at midnight after the first scheduled rehearsal. Increased tuition rates apply after this date.
- Final registration deadline – Monday at midnight after the second scheduled rehearsal.
AUDITIONS: Placement in the Grand Chorus (adults) and Symphony Orchestra is by audition only. Click the link at the top or bottom of this page to receive audition information and to sign up for an audition.
2015-2016 SEASON CALENDAR
First Rehearsal, 2nd Semester:
- Thursday, January 28, 2016, for North County youth and Grand Chorus
- Wednesday, January 27, 2016, for South County youth
2nd Semester Auditions for Grand Chorus & Orchestra: By appointment
2nd Semester Concerts: Friday, April 22, 2016
Choral ensembles rehearse weekly on Thursdays (Wednesdays for South County youth) throughout each semester. Details and times are below. The Symphony Orchestra rehearses on a few select dates TBD.
3:45 – 4:30 pm Young Singers Chorus Age 4 by the first rehearsal of the semester through 1st Grade
4:20 – 5:30 pm Children’s Chorus Grades 2 – 5 (homeschool at least age 7 by September 1)
5:10 – 6:30 pm Youth Chorus Grades 6 – 8 (homeschool at least age 11 by September 1)
5:10 – 7:15 pm Concert Choir Women Grades 9 – 12 (homeschool at least age 14 by September 1)
6:15 – 7:15 pm Concert Choir Men Grades 9 – 12 (homeschool at least age 14 by September 1)
7:30 – 10:00 pm Grand Chorus Accomplished adult singers 18 & over
Rehearsals will be held at:
St. Mark Presbyterian Church (North County Thursday Rehearsals)
2200 San Joaquin Hills Rd, Newport Beach, CA 92660
TUITION/FEES PER SEMESTER & ATTIRE COSTS
|ENSEMBLE||AGE/GRADE LEVEL||TUITION/FEES||ATTIRE (EST. COST)|
|Young Singers Chorus||age 4 – 1st grade||$125||Girls $30 Boys $30|
|Children’s Chorus||2nd – 5th grade||$155||Girls $35 Boys $40|
|Youth Chorus||6th – 8th grade||$185||Girls $60 Boys $45|
|Concert Choir Girls||9th – 12th grade||$185||Girls $70|
|Concert Choir Boys||9th – 12th grade||$155||Boys $95|
|Grand Chorus||age 18 and up||$50||Women $120 Men $110|
|Symphony Orchestra||Accomplished Instrumentalists||$0||Concert Black
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Scholarships are available for those with legitimate financial hardships. Email email@example.com for details. Monthly payment plans are also available and can be arranged as part of the online registration process.
WASHINGTON, D.C., “GOD & COUNTRY TOUR”
The D.C. tour will be an unprecedented experience and opportunity for MCO. Here are the things participants need to know in order to start making plans:
Tour Dates: June 22-25, 2016
Which ensembles are invited? Symphony Orchestra, Grand Chorus, Concert Choir, Youth Chorus, and Children’s Chorus from all five locales: Texas, Idaho, Utah, California, and Arizona. We will include Young Singers Chorus if we see a very solid amount of Young Singers signed up to attend; otherwise, we will not include Young Singers Chorus on the tour performances and activities.
Sign-up: We will open up a “Tour Sign-Up” to begin assessing how many individuals are planning on attending in the choirs and orchestras from all locales. Participants will receive an email about this in the coming weeks.
Travel/Accommodations: Each individual is responsible for his/her own travel and accommodations.
Hotel Group Rates: MCO is currently looking into group rates at select hotels.
Youth: All youth ages 4-18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. MCO will not assume responsibility or guardianship for any participants, including minors.
Will there be a “youth tour group” like we’ve done in the past? No. All youth must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, and each youth will be the sole responsibility of their parent/guardian.
Recording: We will be combining all five locales to professionally record MCO’s fifth album. This album will be different than any of our past albums, and it will be a very special piece of sacred art.
Requirement: In order to participate in the D.C. tour, you must participate for both semesters, September through April/May. Similar to our Dallas tour and ACDA National performance, we will be incorporating tour music into our rehearsals beginning in September. Those who join in January/February will not be able to join us on tour. Those who choose to participate in semester 1, then skip semester 2, will not be able to join us on tour. You must participate for the entire season (semesters 1 and 2) if you wish to join us on tour.
Why are OCMCO concerts held at Segerstrom Center for the Arts? One of the trademarks of MCO is that we perform in state-of-the-art concert halls in our communities. The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, located in Segerstrom Center for the Arts, is a world-class concert hall—one of the finest classical acoustic performance venues in the United States.
How does MCO maintain such a light schedule? Another trademark of MCO is its ability to maintain a light rehearsal and performance schedule while achieving a professional level of education and produce top-notch performances. This allows busy individuals and families the experience of participating in a world-class choir and orchestra without it consuming their lives. This is made possible by the highly effective rehearsals run by MCO’s musical directors, the massive team of volunteers working behind the scenes, and the thousands of participants who are devoted to MCO’s mission and purpose.
How did MCO grow so quickly in such a short period of time? Now in five states (California, Arizona, Utah, Texas, and Idaho), MCO has 3000 participants and is growing steadily. There are three main reasons for this exciting growth: 1) word of mouth, 2) a high-quality, high-energy, inspiring music program that changes lives for good, and 3) an expansive team of volunteers who clearly understand and support the great mission and purpose of MCO.
The general purpose of Millennial Choirs & Orchestras is to build and elevate the quality of classical and sacred music in the community. MCO’s music unites, heals, and inspires. This is already happening every week in Arizona, California, Utah, Texas, and Idaho, and the outcome is astounding! We welcome musicians of all faiths and backgrounds and encourage the Orange County community to unite with us in creating an unprecedented music education and performance experience for people of all ages. We remain ever true to MCO’s important motto: All Ages. All Faiths. One Voice.