Performing Ensembles

MCO is pleased to accommodate six performing ensembles in each location: five choirs and a symphony orchestra. Participants in the choirs and orchestras are volunteers committed to the organization and its purpose. All ensembles perform in concert at the end of each semester in the finest concert halls in the community.

Young Singers Chorus

Age 4–1st grade (must be age 4 by the first rehearsal of the semester)

An opportunity for children to enjoy the musical and social experience of singing in a quality performance ensemble with others who have similar interests and values.

No audition required.

For Fall Semester 2020 only: In-person rehearsals will not be held. All video rehearsal sessions will be made available at a given time each Thursday and will remain available for a few days.

Repertoire includes music appropriate for the education of young children, including sacred children’s songs, hymns, and folk songs.

An interactive curriculum designed to introduce young children to the basic concepts of music, including rhythm, melody, basic theory, and proper singing technique.

Children’s Chorus

2nd–5th grades

An opportunity for children to enjoy the musical and social experience of singing in a quality performance ensemble with others who have similar interests and values.

No audition required.

For Fall Semester 2020 only: In-person rehearsals will not be held. All video rehearsal sessions will be made available at a given time each Thursday and will remain available for a few days.

Repertoire includes choral literature appropriate for children’s choirs, including sacred children’s songs, hymns, and folk songs.

An interactive curriculum designed to teach students the basic concepts of music history and theory (including beginning to read music) and singing in unison and two parts as part of a choral ensemble.

Youth Chorus

6th–8th grades

An opportunity for youth of the community to enjoy the musical and social experience of singing in a quality performance ensemble with others who have similar interests and values.

No audition required.

For Fall Semester 2020 only: In-person rehearsals will not be held. All video rehearsal sessions will be made available at a given time each Thursday and will remain available for a few days.

Repertoire drawn from choral literature appropriate for youth choirs, including sacred songs and hymns.

A curriculum designed to teach students the rudiments of music history, music theory (including reading music), and singing in multiple parts as part of a choral ensemble.

Youth Chorus also participates in the advanced youth ensemble “Millennial Chorus” as part of the regular weekly rehearsal.

Concert Choir

9th–12th grades

An opportunity for the youth of the community to enjoy the musical and social experience of singing in a quality performance ensemble with others who have similar interests and values.

No audition required.

For Fall Semester 2020 only: In-person rehearsals will not be held. All video rehearsal sessions will be made available at a given time each Thursday and will remain available for a few days.

Repertoire drawn from choral literature appropriate for high school-aged choirs, including sacred songs and hymns.

A curriculum designed to further the students’ understanding of music history, music theory (including reading music), and singing in multiple parts as part of a choral ensemble.

Concert Choir women begin rehearsal earlier than Concert Choir men to participate in the advanced youth ensemble “Millennial Chorus.”

Grand Chorus

Adult singers ages 18 and up

Audition required.

For Fall Semester 2020 only: In-person rehearsals will not be held. All video rehearsal sessions will be made available at a given time each Thursday and will remain available for a few days.

Repertoire includes major choral/orchestral works and repertory choral literature as well as hymns and anthems arranged for choir and orchestra.

Symphony Orchestra

Accomplished instrumentalists

Audition required.

Rehearsals as scheduled; performances at concerts (times, locations, and calendar are available when you sign up to audition).

Repertoire includes major choral/orchestral works and repertory symphonic literature as well as hymns and anthems arranged for choir and orchestra.

No participation fee, but purchasing an MCO t-shirt is required. Procure concert black attire on your own.