2nd SEMESTER REGISTRATION IS OPEN TO NEW SINGERS AND INSTRUMENTALISTS. Youth ages 4–18 can register now and instrumentalists and adult singers can sign up for an audition by January 14.
MCOA IS CONTINUING! (That’s MCO Across America!) We welcome participants from all over the United States and the world. Even though we will resume in-person rehearsals in each of our five locales as soon as possible, we will continue to offer a virtual option for remote participants through the remainder of the 2020–2021 season.
AUDIT option for adults is continuing. The audit option is open to anyone who wishes to view the Grand Chorus (adult choir) video sessions without auditioning and/or being accepted into the Grand Chorus. Those who audit may not participate in concert videos or live concerts.
What does 2nd Semester look like?
All dates, plans, and timelines are subject to change, but the following is MCO’s current plan:
- Weekly video sessions begin Thursday, January 14th. East Valley, AZ (EVMCO) in-person rehearsals will begin the same day. In-person Thursday rehearsals in all other locales will resume when it is safe and reasonable (video sessions will continue to be offered for everyone who cannot meet in person and for MCOA participants).
- TENTATIVE filming session dates in each locale:
- **EVMCO (Arizona): Feb. 26–27 (**UPDATED)
- DMCO (Dallas): Mar. 1
- UMCO (Utah) & TVMCO (Idaho): Mar. 6
- **OCMCO (California): Mar. 8–9 (**UPDATED)
- The option to submit a home video for inclusion in the livestream concert broadcast will only be available to MCOA (remote) participants. MCOA participants constitute those persons who live a considerable distance from one of MCO’s locales.
- SPRING BREAK through March and early April.
- Livestream EASTER Concert Broadcast the weekend before Easter (March 27–28).
- Rehearsals resume in late April/early May in preparation for a patriotic summer concert. These will be in-person Thursday rehearsals (in locales where that is possible) and a virtual option always available for MCOA participants and locales where in-person rehearsals are still not possible.
- COMBINED CONCERT in an outdoor arena in Utah. TENTATIVE DATES: June 17–19. All registered participants, including remote participants, are welcome to participate in person.
What performance attire is required for 2nd Semester?
Our formal concert attire will be required this semester for anyone who desires to participate in either of the two in-person events: the filming session and the summer patriotic concert.
We will offer a new MCO t-shirt (new color and design) for purchase this semester and will film some of the songs in that t-shirt.
MCOA participants who are not planning to come to the in-person patriotic concert are not required to obtain concert attire. They will be able to send in a video for the concert broadcast in either this semester’s new MCO T-shirt or white shirts as we did last semester.
What is MCO Across America?
MCO Across America is our new remote location, open to everyone in the United States and beyond. Remote participants receive the weekly video sessions via email. They will be able to submit a video recording to be included in the livestream concert video broadcast. They will also have the option of traveling to and performing in the summer concert in Utah. All participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations—MCO will not cover expenses nor find housing for anyone.
When is the start date for all choirs?
Thursday, January 14th.
What about orchestra?
Orchestra participants will receive music to practice and prepare to play a major role in our concert video production and the summer concert. As soon as COVID restrictions subside, we will meet together for rehearsal. Instrumentalists do not pay tuition/fees to participate.
Who can participate in the concert video broadcast?
Those who register for one of our regular locales in California, Arizona, Texas, Utah, or Idaho may participate in the on-site filming for the video broadcast; video submission will not be an option for our regular locales. Those who register for remote participation (MCO Across America) will be invited to submit one or more video clips to be included in the broadcast. Those auditing the Grand Chorus are not eligible to submit video clips.
Who are the weekly sessions for?
Weekly sessions are for Young Singers Chorus, Children’s Chorus, Youth Chorus, Concert Choir, and Grand Chorus. There will be different sessions created for each of those ensembles every single week. Each of these ensembles pay tuition/fees to participate.
How will I access the weekly sessions?
Each week’s materials will be emailed to you on Thursday. You will receive a link to your ensemble’s video (and the accompanying password), as well as any additional materials the conductors may want to include. There will be a separate video and accompanying email for each ensemble, so if you have family members registered to participate in multiple ensembles, you will receive multiple emails.
How long will I have to view each week’s video?
Each week’s video will be available for two weeks.
What if I don’t receive the weekly email?
Check your spam folder first. Be sure you have checked your settings to allow emails from “firstname.lastname@example.org.” We recommend setting a filter to send all emails from that address to your inbox. Contact email@example.com for further assistance.
If I have more than one youth who would like to participate, do I need to register each of them?
Yes, each youth must be registered for their own ensemble, even if two of them are in the same ensemble.
Can adults audit the Grand Chorus weekly sessions to take advantage of the music education being offered but not actually be part of the ensemble?
Absolutely! The fee to audit is $100. No audition is required. Please register for the MCO Across America locale. Those who audit will not be eligible to participate in the concert video or other performances.
What is the MCO Composing Competition?
Anyone who is a currently registered participant will be invited to submit an original song to the contest. More details to come.
Where do I find information about ordering attire?
How do I register to participate?
Go to the Join Us page and select your locale.
Can I gift participation to someone else?
Yes! Our registration page now offers the option to “Give the Gift of MCO” so you can give this opportunity to your grandchildren, friends, family, etc.! You can select how much you would like to contribute, and we will work with you to ensure your gift goes to whomever you would like.
I’m having trouble registering. What should I do?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any registration questions.