When we sing, we change who we are. When we change who we are, we change the world.

When we sing, we change who we are. When we change who we are, we change the world.

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Fall 2022

Hello, MCC Members!
First, I would like to thank everyone who came to the mock rehearsal on September 13th. Your presence and your feedback were instrumental in helping the search committee make a recommendation to the board.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Midcoast Community Chorus, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Maynard as our new artistic director and joani mitchell as Assistant Music Director.
After an almost 3-year hiatus, Mr. Maynard and Ms. mitchell will join forces to start up rehearsal with the goal of presenting our first post-pandemic concert in Spring 2023.
Jeff studied at the Boston Conservatory of Music, graduating with a BA in Vocal Music. He also has a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and a Master of Arts in Teaching from UNC – Chapel Hill. His experience ranges from teaching high school to performing with the St. Louis Symphony, to leading the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus and the Gateway Men’s Chorus in St. Louis. Currently, Jeff is the Choral Music teacher at Camden-Rockport Middle School.
joani is an alum of Berklee College of Music and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Maine, Augusta with an emphasis on Jazz and Contemporary Music, Piano, and Performance Concentration. Many of you may remember joani from her previous stint as Assistant Director when MCC was in its very early days. With over 40 years’ experience as a music educator, church musician, theatre music director and accompanist, joani brings a vast amount of experience to the table – not to mention the piano!!!
For those of you who are wondering about our other very strong Artistic Director candidate, Chris Donley, we have good news. Chris is eager to remain involved with MCC and has offered to come and work with the chorus on a volunteer basis anytime we need someone to work with groups on sectional rehearsals or any other issues for which we might need an additional person.

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I know that everyone is eager to find out when we will open the doors and get back to singing. At the Board meeting on Monday October 3rd, it was decided, with agreement from Jeff and joani, that the first rehearsal will be Monday, October 17th.
Rehearsals will be held each Monday evening from 6:30 -8:30PM at The First Congregational Church, 55 Elm Street, Camden.
Beginning this semester, the chorus’ first two rehearsals will be opportunities for prospective members to join returning singers in order to determine if they are interested in becoming regular members of the chorus. Registration in the amount of $80 will begin the third week of rehearsal, October 31st.
The group is open to singers aged 13* and older. For our first semester, one general non-auditioned chorus will rehearse for the spring concert.
Another big question that we receive frequently is our policy on masking. As we have previously stated, we utilize information from a number of local and state sources, as well as other choruses here in Maine. As recently as last Wednesday, a number of choral directors offered their policies for masking and vaccination status. The vast majority still requires mandatory masking for rehearsals. Many choruses also require vaccination status. So for now, as much as we wish it could be different, masks are mandatory for singers at rehearsals. We know this is unwelcome news for some and our promise to continue to monitor the situation and hope that we will be able to relax the masking requirements.
This has been a long time coming and I want to thank all of you for your support and patience over the past months. We truly believe that we have put a great plan in place for the coming year. Our hope is that all of you will come join us.
Cheers!

Carole

*MCC welcomes children age 13 and older as active choristers. Recognizing that the developmental needs of young people require guidance and support in order to assist them to succeed in a choral group, children age 15 or younger must be accompanied by a guardian or designated mentor at all times during rehearsals, sectionals and performances.

The parent/guardian of the youth must personally register their child and acknowledge/ agree to comply with MCC youth chorister policies. Youth 16 or older must be registered by their parent/guardian but are not required to have an assigned mentor for rehearsals.

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Midcoast Community Chorus (MCC) is a vibrant and dynamic 501c3 non-profit organization providing choral programs for all ages and all voices.
We believe that:

    The voice is the sound of the soul
    All voices deserve to be heard
    Singing together builds community

We welcome everyone ages 13 and up to sing with us or become a member. Children age 15 or younger must be accompanied by a guardian or designated mentor at all times during rehearsals, sectionals and performances. We perform at least two concerts a year in June and January. Our concerts typically sell out and a portion of the proceeds from our June concert are donated to a selected local non-profit organization performing important work in our community.

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Midcoast Community Chorus
PO Box 192
Rockport ME 04856

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