The Millikin Children's Choir (MCC) program consists of 4 level choirs and is a curricular offering of the Preparatory Department in residence in the school of music at Millikin. The program exists to provide developmentally appropriate comprehensive music education through the art of choral singing to the families and the community of central Illinois. Sequential musical skill development as well as the rehearsal and performance of fine choral literature form the foundation of instruction. Singers of MCC range in age from 5 to 18 years, with a current enrollment of 90 singers. Membership is open to children of all races, ethnic backgrounds, economic levels, and religions. Children simultaneously enrolled in Preparatory Department private lessons and multiple children from the same family receive program discounts. For the MCC brochure click HERE. For Frequently Asked Questions click HERE, and for the "Why Choose MCC" flyer click HERE.
Early childhood Music and Movement classes, although not required, are ideal preparation for this group. Children may enter at age five. Although this group does not require audition for membership, the Director meets with all children and parents prior to program admission. We listen to them, establishing the first steps in building trust between directors, singers, and parents. The curriculum is based on choral readiness. Children are taught, primarily through play-party game songs and simple unison songs, to love singing and to use their voices with freedom. Emphasis is also placed on the difference between speaking and singing voices, and comparative musical concepts such as high/low, fast/slow, and loud/soft.
Apprentice Singers (Choir I)
Singers have demonstrated through either participation in KinderChoir or by simple audition, choral readiness. The ability to match pitch, keep a steady beat, clap simple rhythms, and readiness to label and identify the musical concepts will be assessed during audition. Ability to sustain early choral rehearsal procedures is also a prerequisite to participation at this level.
Singers Choir (Choir II)
Singers have demonstrated through participation and/or the audition process developing musical knowledge and skills. Tonal and rhythmic competency will be assessed as well as rehearsal attentiveness and potential for choral leadership. Rhythmic and interval sight-reading skills will also be assessed at the audition and progressing skills will need evidence for membership at this level.
Concert Youth Chorale (Choir III)
Membership in the top ensemble is reserved for the singer ready for the most challenging repertoire, increased rehearsal intensity and performance requirements. Multiple languages, solos, and small ensemble performance can be expected at this level.
Becoming a Member:
The Millikin Children's Choir is always looking for more children/youth ages 5 to 18 to include in our program. Placement auditions are held annually in September; however, children may join the program in January as well.
Placement appointments for the 2012-13 season will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8. There is a $25 non-refundable deposit due at that time. To schedule an audition time, please call Carol in the Preparatory Department Office at 217-425-4698.
Click here for the 2012-13 Registration form and Waiver form.
Choral Group Placement Audition:
Every child in the MCC program will be asked to meet with the choir directors for a placement audition. These auditions help determine which choir each student will be placed in. In addition, the audition time allows every child and parent the opportunity to meet his/her choir director and have any questions answered prior to the first rehearsal. During the placement auditions, children should expect to sing as well as demonstrate any musical skills that they may already know. Sequenced skill development means that each singer will make the most musical progress in a group that matches his or her current knowledge and skill level. We aspire to provide a non-threatening, fun learning atmosphere for each singer that challenges and maximizes musical growth. Children progress through the levels of instruction at their own pace.
*Children beginning in KinderChoir do not need to complete a placement audition. However, parents and children starting in KinderChoir are encouraged to sign up for an appointment to meet the KinderChoir director prior to the first rehearsal.
Program Times: Tuesday Evenings
All other program choirs: 4:15-5:45pm
Program Location: Millikin University Campus
KinderChoir, Apprentice Singers and Singers Choir: Perkinson Music Center
Concert Youth Chorale: Pilling Chapel
Click HERE for the MCC Handbook which includes the mission, policies, and general information for members.
New! 2012-13 Schedules: Kinderchoir and Choir I click HERE; Choir II click HERE; Concert Youth Chorale click HERE; Men's Ensemble click HERE.