With a vision to create “A community where every child can explore the joy of singing.” the Miami Children’s has 3 projects to help achieve that view: All Together Now, We Will Sing and Bring on the Boys. Each has a different perspective to help increase the participation of youth in our community in choral singing.
All Together Now
In 1999 the MCC started a series of free sing-alongs in various under-served communities in Miami-Dade County. All Together Now is a fun, interactive, family oriented project initiated by the MCC to promote unity through singing in all segments of the community.
All Together Now has two main objectives:
(1) Promote community singing by school age children and adults all across Miami-Dade County
(2) Promote the preservation of songs that reflect our multicultural heritage.
Currently this project is conducted in Homestead, Miami and Miami Beach. Timothy A. Sharp, MCC Music Director leads the singing at each event along with one of the MCC choirs. MCC can also provide one-hour sing-along presentations for local schools and community organizations for a fee. Call 305.662.7494 for more information.
We Will Sing
We Will Sing is a choral music project of the MCC conducted in partnership with social service agencies in Homestead, Miami and Miami Beach. MCC offers a free, complete choral music experience for children age 8-14 in their neighborhood. The children learn the importance of collaboration and teamwork in addition to gaining singing, performance and musicianship skills. Agencies that have participated in the project include Sweet Vine, Inc., Leadership Learning Center, The Thinking Child Academy, Abriendo Puertas and Playing the Game of Life. Annie Mendez, MCC Artistic Administrator, is the lead rehearsal conductor for this project.
Redland Christian Migrant Association (Homestead)
Leadership Learning Center (East Little Havana)
The Thinking Child Academy (Homestead)
Sweet Vine, Inc. (Homestead)
Playing the Game of Life (North Beach)
Bring On The Boys
Bring on the Boys is a workshop for boys with unchanged voices. At this event, boys experience the joy of being part of a choral group in a positive and supportive environment. The boys learn how to prepare to sing, what their singing voice can produce and have fun interacting with boys from different parts of Miami-Dade County. Led by MCC Music Director, Timothy A. Sharp, this event is held at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in the Victor E. Clarke Recital Hall. Maelstrom – the UM Men’s Chorus – gives a spirited performance and joins the boys on stage in song demonstrating that yes, one can sing wherever they are in life.
Established by the MCC in 2002, Bring on the Boys seeks to demonstrate to boys that singing in a chorus is a cool thing to do. This workshop explores the lifelong possibilities of making music through choral singing. Boys with unchanged voices – age 8 to 13 – in public or private school and those being home-schooled are invited to join the boys of the MCC and the men of Maelstrom [UM] for a day of interactive music making.