About Us

About Us

 

  • "We, as parents, have been delighted to see the growth our son has experienced musically while participating. I'm thankful for the excellence the directors push the choir members to achieve. The end results are always amazing and so enjoyable to hear." -- Parent

  • "I really enjoyed the concert and was amazed how the directors interacted with the kids." -- Concert Attendee

  • "As a parent of small children, it was exciting to watch the developing poise of the children in the choirs. And the Chamber Choir singers are incredibly earnest, spirited, and professional. I anticipate seeing my sons in the Chamber Choir someday."
    -- Parent

  • "I am a singer with Wheatland Chorale and it is so good to see children being inspired and enjoying music!"
    -- Concert Attendee

  • "I am so grateful for MCCL, its leadership, and the role it plays in the lives of our family."
    -- Parent

  • "We are so thankful for the way MCCL makes singing come alive for our daughter!"
    -- Parent

Who We Are

  • Children and youth in grades 1 through grade 12 who love to sing
  • Singers committed to regular rehearsal and concert attendance, punctuality, and a good attitude
  • Children of God committed to encouraging and praying for the MCCL program

  • A program of Lancaster Mennonite School
  • Although MCCL is a program of Lancaster Mennonite School, singers from other schools and denominations are welcome to join


    Why We Sing

  • Praise God
  • Develop vocal skills
  • Receive instruction on a wide variety of choral music
  • Develop discipline
  • Increase world awareness
  • Increase confidence in using one's gifts for the Lord
  • Prepare for a lifetime of worshiping God and serving the church
  • Programs

    • Prelude Music

      • Non-auditioned exploratory program for grades 1 and 2

      • Choristers (grades 3-7)

      • Choristers, a non-auditioned and non-performing group, provides opportunity to learn vocal and choral skills in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Participants will learn healthy singing technique, to sing in tune and maintain a steady beat, ear-training, and rehearsal skills in a highly active and engaging environment.

      Choirs


      Our Prayer: Soli Deo Gloria! (Only for God's Glory!)



      History

      • 1998 - Choir founded for singers in grades 4-8
      • 2001 - Expanded to two choirs for grades 2-5 and 6-8; affiliated with Lancaster Mennonite School
      • 2002 - Expanded to three choirs for grades 2-6, 6-8, and 9-12
      • 2010 - Added Men's Ensemble
      • 2012 - High School choir partners with Eastern Mennonite Missions for the first musical mission trip; Prelude Music begins

      Featured Venues

      • Harrisburg Capitol (omit building)
      • Clipper Magazine Stadium with the Lancaster Barnstormers
      • Giant Center – Story Tour with Steven Curtis Chapman and Casting Crowns

      Summer Tours

      Annual summer tours have provided opportunities for national (Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, Washington DC) and international (Canada, Germany) growth and ministry.



      MCCL Tours Include the opportunity to:

      • Sing for at least one concert a day in addition to singing informally wherever we go. Singing is our mission!
      • Have fun while growing socially and spiritually
      • Learn from a choral master class with a university professor, visit local attractions and Mennonite Colleges, and fellowship with other Mennonites and Christians around the world

      Local Tour Day

      Each spring the choirs participate in a one-day local tour, singing at schools, nursing homes and community centers. The singers serve by sharing music with those who may not otherwise have opportunity to hear MCCL.

      Music in the Parks

      Music in the Parks is an annual, day-long festival for choral ensembles held locally at Hershey Park. The choir performs for adjudicators who rate the ensemble in the morning and then spend the day at the amusement park. The day concludes with an awards ceremony.

      Musical Insights

      We sing music from across time and from many cultures.


      Although MCCL is a program of Lancaster Mennonite School, singers from other schools and denominations are welcome to participate. Approximately 175 children youth are currently enrolled in the program. Over the years, more than 550 singers have participated in the program.