The Mankato Children's Chorus Training Choir is comprised of mainly 1st and 2nd grade students. The Training Choir uses a Kodaly based curriculum which teaches an appropriate developmental and sequential method of music reading and writing skills while working with the proper use of the child?s singing voice. Songs, games, folk dances are all a part of the training choir rehearsal. The Training Choir performs on the annual winter and spring concerts and also sings at civic events in the Mankato area. Membership is held to a maximum of 25 students.
The Mankato Children's Chorus Intermediate Choir is comprised of mostly 3rd graders and sometimes students in the 2nd grade who are second year MCC members. This choir continues the sequential music reading and writing instruction that began in the Training Choir and prepares students to read choral music in future choirs. Songs, games and folk dances are a part of the Intermediate Choir rehearsal. The Intermediate Choir performs on the annual winter and spring concerts and also sings at civic events. Membership is held to a maximum of 25 students.
The Mankato Children's Chorus Youth Choir is comprised of fourth and fifth grade students with unchanged voices. The Youth Choir presents yearly winter and spring concerts and also sings at civic events, school concerts, and choral festivals. In past seasons, the choir has been honored to participate in the Honors Choir of Southeastern Minnesota Youth Choir Festival in Rochester, where the choir hasl worked with esteemed conductor and composer Dr. Rollo Dilworth and other renowned conductors.
The Mankato Children's Chorus Concert Choir is comprised of sixth through eighth grade students with unchanged voices. The chorus was selected to perform at the 1998 Minnesota Music Educators Conference, Festival of the States in Washington D.C. in 2000, Nobel Conferences at Gustavus in 2001 and 2004 and the Minnesota ACDA Fall Convention, 2011. The choir presents yearly winter and spring concerts and also sings at civic events, school concerts, choral festivals, and also enjoys a yearly fall overnight retreat. This year, the MCC Concert Choir is pleased to join the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, MSU,M Concert Choir, Musicorum and Minnesota Chorale to perform the Stephen Paulus oratorio, "To Be Certain of the Dawn".
The Melodia Choir has been in existence since 2000. The choir began as a small high school women’s ensemble and is now the largest of the five MCC choirs. Melodia functions as three choirs; high school men’s, women’s, and a mixed choir. Each choir rehearses for a half hour per week. Because students come from the greater Mankato region, members have developed strong bonds with friends from many school districts.
The success of the Melodia Choir is due to the strong choral programs in the South Central Minnesota area that send skilled choral singers to MCC. Melodia singers represent high school choral programs from Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton, Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial, Loyola, Mankato East, Mankato West, Maple River, St. Peter and Waseca. Melodia also participates in an annual winter retreat and travels with the MCC Concert Choir in nationwide tours every four years.
Fees for choirs are:
$220 - Training, Intermediate, Youth Choirs
$240 - Concert, Melodia Choirs
A uniform cost of under $100 is also a requirement for singers
Scholarships are available upon request