Millikin Children's Choir
The Millikin Children's Choir (MCC) is a regional choir dedicated to bringing the joy of singing and the lasting development of musical knowledge and skill to all participants. The program features three choirs and is a curricular offering of the Preparatory Department within the School of Music at Millikin. Our goal is to provide developmentally appropriate music education through the art of choral singing to the families and the community of central Illinois.
The choirs are conducted by master choral teachers with advanced music degrees and are under the direction of Christine Smith, Program and Artistic Director. MCC singers range from 5 to 18 years old, with a total enrollment of about 60 singers. Membership is open to children of all races, ethnic backgrounds, economic levels, and religions. Multiple children from the same family receive program discounts. Special events may include tours to surrounding schools, joint concerts with other children’s choirs, and a choir festival. Placement interviews and registration for the choirs are held in early fall or by request.
- Dolce Choir: Kindergarten - 2nd grade
- Cantabile Choir: 3rd - 5th grade
- Concert Youth Chorale: 6th - 12th grade
Becoming a member
The Millikin Children's Choir is always looking for more youth ages 5 to 18 to include in our program. Placement interviews are held annually in September, but you may join the program in January, as well.
Choral group placement auditions
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.
Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings
- Dolce Choir: 4:15-5:15 pm
- Cantabile and Concert Youth Chorale: 4:15-5:45 pm
Millikin University Campus
- Perkinson Music Center: Dolce Choir, Cantabile Choir, and Concert Youth Chorale
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Christine Smith, Artistic and Music Director
Millikin University School of Music
1184 W. Main Street
Decatur, IL 62522
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. The Director of this group is Christine Smith, and the group rehearses from 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM on Tuesdays.
Singers have demonstrated through either participation or by audition process, 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. The Director of Cantabile Choir is Christine Smith, and the rehearsal time is Tuesdays from 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM on Tuesdays.
Concert Youth Chorale
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. Andrew Gallegos is the Director of Concert Youth Chorale, and they rehearse from 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM on Tuesdays.
Performance uniforms will be worn by each singer. Gently used and new uniforms may be purchased through MCC. Polo shirts will be ordered for new students and must be paid for at the placement interview. Cost is $25.00.
Individual Choir Requirements:
- Dolce Choir: No special requirements. Concert dress is Sunday best.
- Cantabile Choir:
- Boys: Khaki bottoms, black socks, black shoes, black belt, MCC polo
- Girls: Khaki bottoms, white tights (if wearing skirt), black closed-toe shoes, MCC polo
- Concert Youth Chorale:
- Boys: Khaki pants, black socks, black shoes, black belt, long sleeved white button-down oxford shirt
- Girls: L.L. Bean item #TA286347 (Wrinkle-free classic fit, hidden comfort waist Bayside Twill skirt in khaki)
- Nude hose, black closed-toe shoes, long sleeved white button-down oxford shirt, MCC polo
- If you are unable to order the skirt online from the link above, please call 1-800-441-5713