Stay in Tune: MCC Blog


Meet Rachel Beeksma, MCC’s Associate Artistic Director. Get to know Rachel a little more in this mini interview as we welcome her to the MCC community!


Q: Where were you born?  
A: I was born in Escanaba Michigan, the heart of the Upper Peninsula.
Q: When did you start getting involved with music?  

A: I was pretty young when I started being interested in music.  I started simple piano lessons when I was six, started dance lessons in 2nd grade, and private voice lessons in 4th grade. I was always singing at my churches, either in the congregation or as a cantor when I reached middle school.  I did musicals in middle school and high school, and joined a marching band to be a part of color guard.  My first choral experience however, was in high school and I fell in love with the idea of people coming together to work on a common goal and sharing something passionate together.


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We are sad to say goodbye to summer 2016, but the bright side is that our fall choral season has begun! Here are some of our upcoming season’s concerts-not to be missed-be sure to save the dates on your calendar.

To kick off our choral season, Milwaukee Children’s Choir will present the first of a two-part concert series on Saturday, October 29th at 7 p.m., called Musica Sacra I. Two of our outstanding choirs, Milwaukee Youth Chorale and Voices of Eterna, will be performing the music of Johann Michael Hadyn and John Rutter.

Following Musica Sacra I, all choirs of MCC will come together to pay tribute to our veterans at the For All the Heroes concert on Saturday, November 19th at 2 p.m. This performance will take place at St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church and will include songs dedicated to remembering all soldiers who have dedicated their lives to serving our great nation.

Finishing out 2016, Voices of Eterna performs at the Cathedral Church of All Saints for the 4th annual An Evening of Readings & Carols, on Saturday, December 17th at 7 p.m. Artistic Director, Marco Melendez, will conduct the choir in compositions and musical arrangements from John Rutter, while the audience enjoys a candlelit evening of holiday choral music.

After An Evening of Readings & Carols, Voices of Eterna will continue to spread their talent at The Promise of Living: Songs of the American Heartland on Saturday, March 4th at 5:30 p.m. This performance will include a catered meal for guests while the choir performs jazz classics. Voices of Eterna will be joined by soloist Natalie Megules to sing tunes from Nat King Cole, George Gershwin, and several others!

On Saturday, March 25th at 7 p.m., MCC will continue Musica Sacra II, featuring performances of Stabat Mater and Requiem. The concert will also include works by Pergolesi and John Rutter for an unforgettable night.

The final performances for the year are still to be determined but keep your eyes out for more information on them in the future!

NEW THIS YEAR: For the 2016-2017 choral season, MCC will be selling tickets online through Brown Paper Ticket. Seating will be sectioned into: premium and general. Premium seating is a closer section to the stage and a general ticket is one for a surrounding section. Watch for more information in our upcoming school newsletters!

Read more: Don't Miss Out On This Season!

Do you feel passionate about helping children in the Milwaukee community? Are you a college student interested in an internship for this coming fall or spring? Look no further than Milwaukee Children’s Choir!

Rebecca and Michael FINAL

Spring Interns Rebecca and Michael at our Medley Event

            Located in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Bay View, Milwaukee Children’s Choir is a non-profit, dedicated to providing exceptional choral music education and performance experiences that foster creativity, personal expression and social growth. Our Artistic Director brings together talented singers from the Greater Milwaukee Area to spread their love of music.

Read more: WANTED: Fall Interns at MCC

            Can you believe how much we’ve grown in the past 22 years?! Here at Milwaukee Children’s Choir, we have come a long way since we were founded in 1994. That year, we started with 35 choral students whose only goal was to sing. Now, we have over 200 students who have traveled all over the world to share their vocal talents.

Read more: Where in the World Have We Been?

Hello! Welcome to Stay in Tune: MCC Blog. Here at Milwaukee Children’s Choir, we are starting a weekly blog to keep you informed on what’s happening in the choir. Yes, we have newsletters, emails, and social media, but our blog is a way for you to get an in depth look on what we are up to. The main goal for our blog postings is to increase our communication with our members, parents of members, donors, partners, and anyone who’s interested in MCC.

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