WHAT IS MC3?
- MC to the third power stands for the Music City Community Chorus, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, broad-based volunteer performing chorus formed in Nashville, Tennessee under the direction of Renee Grant-Williams, founder and former conductor of the San Francisco Community Chorus. The overall goal is to create an organization that builds a bridge between disparate Nashville music communities and styles.
WHO CAN JOIN?
- MC3 welcomes not only those who have had prior experience of performing with choral ensembles—high school, college, church, and community—but the musically-inclined and musically-disenfranchised as well. There are many fine musicians and singers in Nashville who may never have had an opportunity to experience music from a classical perspective. On the other hand, the diverse make-up of this group brings the energy of skills born of popular music to the realm of the classical music lover.
- Auditions are structured to recruit not only those who are already skilled at reading music, but those who are willing and able to acquire music skills as they learn.
- Repertoire is primarily, but not limited to, classical choral works in the tradition of the great composers.
SOLOISTS AND INSTRUMENTALISTS?
- Whenever possible and appropriate, solo assignments will be extended to members of Nashville’s non-classical community.
- As dictated by the programming and budget, all performances will be accompanied by the appropriate professional instrumentalists.
WHAT OTHER SUCH OPPORTUNITIES EXIST?
- The Nashville Symphony Chorus, under the auspices of the Nashville Symphony, is an excellent chorus with professional standards. Their audition procedures are stringent and their performances are primarily in conjunction with the Symphony.
- There are fine college and high school vocal ensembles which fulfill the needs of their institutions’ programs.
- Nashville is blessed with an abundance of excellent church choirs that accompany their respective worship services.
- MC3 reaches out to all these groups, offering their members an additional community choral experience.
WHY HAVE ANOTHER CHORUS?
- The Music City Community Chorus expands the participation opportunity to include a broader demographic group.
- MC3 will expose the community to performances of great choral works not currently available through other organizations.
WHAT IS THE MODEL FOR THIS ORGANIZATION?
“In San Francisco, I was hired by the Community Music Center to form a city-wide broad-based community chorus. By the time I left, six years later, the San Francisco Community Chorus had become a highly-respected, highly-disciplined performing choral ensemble of two hundred dedicated enthusiasts that presented polished, sold-out performances.” RGW