Miami Children’s Chorus

 

Harbour City Series Concert 5
Saturday 20 July, 2:30pm
Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Tickets $20 – $25

Established in 1965, the award-winning Miami Children’s Chorus continues today as  a  youth chorus for children aged 8-18 and offers children of Miami-Dade County, Florida, the opportunity to study and perform standard and  experimental forms of choral music. Through this study, the children learn musicianship, vocal technique, discipline, commitment and the rewards of sustained and dedicated effort. In weekly rehearsals the children also learn that there is no greater result than giving their personal best.

Presentations by the choristers of the MCC have won acclaim from critics and earned the organization national recognition as an exemplary children’s choir. MCC has bowed twice with the renowned Cleveland Orchestra, first in 2012 in a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 and again in 2015 for  Carl  Orff’s  Carmina  Burana. In 2018 MCC appeared with PBS favorites André Rieu and Ethan Bortnick, at American Airlines Arena with Barry Manilow in his A Very Barry Christmas, and at the 44th NFL Super Bowl with Queen Latifah for the pre-game show at Sun Life Stadium in 2010. Additional performance credits include three appearances at Festival Miami (Florida); Carnegie Hall (New York); the Cardiff Proms Summer Concert Series (Wales, UK); the Israel Chamber Orchestra; and, by invitation, in the Great Hall of The Mozarteum for the 2015 Cantus MM Festival in Salzburg.

In 2017 the MCC celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the life of John F. Kennedy at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, singing in the world premiere performance of Ansanm Ansanm (All Together) by Sydney Guillaume with 13 choirs from around the world and in concert on the Millennium Stage. In 2018 MCC-prepared choristers to appear with Magic City Opera (Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck); Florida International University Choirs (Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein); and Orchestra Miami (The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart).

Currently, MCC conducts a wide variety of community service projects: Bring on the Boys, a project for boys with unchanged voices held at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami; and Sing Miami!, a professional development workshop for teachers and a free community sing-along and partnership project between the Miami Children’s Chorus, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and the Miami-Dade County Public  Schools. Song and Spoken Word is the newest MCC project, seeking to help build community.

MCC can be heard singing background on recordings of Raul di Blasio, Gloria Estefan, Christian Castro , and the Frost Chorale of the University of Miami. MCC has also participated in  recording  projects  with  Jon Secada and José Antonio Molina and Jim Papoulis. MCC has appeared in state, regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. The MCC commissioning project —New Works for Children’s Voices —has introduced 48 new works to the children’s chorus repertory from composers around the globe. The latest offerings occurring in 2018 are Réfugié Mon Frère by Sydney Guillaume and  La Esperanza del Caminante by Cristian Grases. Composer Shawn Crouch is currently preparing a piece for the MCC Song and Spoken Word Project.

The Miami Children’s Chorus has presented concerts in Austria, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, the Czech Republic, and South Africa, in addition to appearances in various cities in the United States. As a participant in the Gondwana Music Festival, Sydney, 2019 marks the Chorus’ first tour to Australia.

 

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Timothy A. Sharp, Music Director

Timothy A. Sharp has served as Music Director of the award-winning Miami Children’s Chorus for 30 years. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bethune-Cookman University, a Master’s in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and an Artist- Teacher  Diploma from the Choral Music Experience Institute for Choral Teacher Education led by noted educator/conductor Doreen Rao, PhD. Mr. Sharp retired from his position as general music teacher at Vineland K-8 Center in Miami-Dade County, Florida, in 2014. As a performer, he appeared with the Florida Grand Opera (FGO) Chorus for five seasons and has prepared children to appear in numerous productions of the FGO. Most recently he conducted the Broward County Elementary

Mr. Sharp has presented workshops for the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association, the Virginia Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Organists Stamford Chapter, and the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education. He has also conducted workshops at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County on developing the child’s voice and leads the MCC project Sing Miami! held at the Arsht Center. He is designing a new curriculum project for music education that will provide teachers the tools they need to make more purposeful teaching and learning preparation and execution. He has also appeared at the Arsht Center as a professional development facilitator for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Division of Social Sciences speaking on African-American Spirituals.

Mr. Sharp has served as guest conductor for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent’s Annual Honors Music Festival (Miami, Florida), Broward County Schools Elementary Honor Choir (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) and the Norman Public Schools All-City Fifth Grade Chorus (Norman, Oklahoma). Mr. Sharp has been awarded a MAXIE award by the New World School of the Arts in recognition of his contributions to the arts for children; named Educator of Note by the Young Patronesses of the Opera and Arts; and Teacher of the Year by the Children’s Cultural Coalition. Upon his retirement from Vineland K-8 Center, Mr. Sharp was honored with the music room being designated in his name. He is a Past President of the Miami-Dade County Music Educators Association as well as past Committee Chairperson for Children’s Choirs and Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives for the Florida Chapter of ACDA.