Millennial Choirs and Orchestras
|Type||501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization|
Millennial Choirs and Orchestras (formerly "Mormon Choral Organizations of America") is a musical performing organization comprising four groups: Orange County Millennial Choirs and Orchestras (OCMCO), East Valley Millennial Choirs and Orchestras (EVMCO), Dallas Millennial Choirs and Orchestras (DMCO) and Utah Valley Millennial Choirs and Orchestras (UVMCO). Each locale contains six choral ensembles and a symphony orchestra.
Participants are made up of volunteers that range from age four through adults in six groups:
- Symphony Orchestra: Accomplished instrumentalists (auditioned)
- Grand Chorus: Accomplished adult singers (auditioned)
- Millennial Chorus: Advanced youth singers
- Concert Choir: High school-aged (9th-12th grade)
- Youth Chorus: Youth 6th-8th grades
- Children’s Chorus: Children 2nd-5th grades
- Young Singers Chorus: Children age 4 to first grade
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From the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras official Web site:
MCO was founded in 2007 for the purpose of teaching and encouraging excellence in quality sacred and classical music. Its primary purpose is to fulfill the need for more refined music education in our communities, with a focus on God and country. Similar to the music of the masters – Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms – MCO is bringing God back into the concert hall with the sacred/classical music that is such a rich part of the history of Christianity. MCO feels this is vital in today’s society, particularly for the youth of America. MCO provides an invaluable learning environment whereby children, youth, and adults may associate and develop talents with those who maintain upstanding Christian values, while instilling in its participants a deep love for sacred and classical music. The organization is made up of hundreds of volunteers who represent a variety of faiths.
MCO's ensembles rehearse once each week and perform regularly in the finest concert halls in their communities. These concerts unify audiences with inspiring, refined sacred and classical music.
Millennial Choirs and Orchestras operates under the parent organization Millennial Music, a non-profit 501(c)(3).
The Orange County Mormon Choral Organization of Newport Beach, Orange County, California was founded in 2007. The East Valley Mormon Choral Organization in Mesa, Arizona was added in 2009, and the two locales became the "Mormon Choral Organizations of America." In March 2013, after a performance in March at the American Choral Directors Association's national conference, the organization announced a new chapter in Dallas, Texas under the name "Dallas Millennial Choirs and Orchestras".
In April 2013, MCO officially changed their name to "Millennial Choirs and Orchestras" in congruence with their parent organization, "Millennial Music". All existing locales received the new name, becoming "Orange County Millennial Choirs and Orchestras", "East Valley Millennial Choirs and Orchestras", and "Dallas Millennial Choirs and Orchestras".
In July 2013, MCO announced the opening of an additional locale in Utah Valley, Utah (UVMCO).
OCMCO released its debut album, That Easter Morn, in 2009. Millennial Choirs and Orchestras released its debut album, the oratorio Messiah in America, in December 2011, which opened as the number one album on Billboard's Traditional Classical chart. In November 2012, MCO released a combined Christmas album, O Holy Night.
|Year||Album Name||Peak Chart Position||# of Tracks||Notes|
|2009||That Easter Morn||13||Album predates EVMCO|
|2011||Messiah in America||Traditional Classical No. 1||22||Album was released on 2 discs|
|2012||O Holy Night||Traditional Classical No. 3||15|
Brett Stewart is a conductor, composer, pianist, and vocalist. The elder of the two Stewarts, he did his doctoral studies in choral conducting at the University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music, his master's studies in choral conducting at the music department of California State University, Long Beach, and his bachelor's studies in piano performance at Brigham Young University. His mentors include Earl Rivers, Stephen Coker, Dale Warland, Jonathan Talberg, Ronald Staheli, Rosalind Hall, Mack Wilberg, Jeffrey Shumway, Joseph Matthews, Ted Reid, and Susan Bana.
Brett Stewart currently resides in Fountain Valley, California, where he oversees the arrangement and composition of the music for both choirs and orchestras. He is also the primary director of the Orange County, California division of Millennial Choirs and Orchestras (OCMCO).
Brandon Stewart is a pianist, vocalist, and conductor. Brandon has studied piano, voice, chamber music, and choral music throughout his schooling. He did his master's studies in piano performance at the Juilliard School, and his bachelor's studies in piano performance at Brigham Young University. His mentors include Jerome Lowenthal, Stephen Clapp, Judith Clurman, Irene Peery-Fox, Clayne Robison, Rosalind Hall, Ronald Staheli, Ted Reid, and Susan Bana.
In addition to conducting and performing, Brandon Stewart maintains a vocal and piano studio in Gilbert, Arizona. He is the current director of the East Valley branch of Millennial Choirs and Orchestras (EVMCO), based in Mesa, Arizona.
- Mormon Choral Organizations Announces Dallas Expansion and Name Change, Gilbert, Arizona: PR Newswire, April 19, 2013
- Toone, Trent (2012-01-10), "Mormon Choral release debuts No. 1 on Billboard Classical Traditional chart", Deseret News
- "Mormon Choral Organizations on Billboard Again With 'O Holy Night'". PR Newswire. 2012-11-20. Retrieved 2012-12-06.
- Choral arrangement depicts Christ's visit to the American continent, KSL-TV, 2011-06-04
- Bowler, Hillary (2011-06-02), "Mormon choir's shows sell out", Deseret News
- Newton, Catherine Reese (2011-06-02), "And another grand-sized Mormon chorus", The Salt Lake Tribune
- Zint, Bradley (2011-05-02), "Classically Trained: Singing on a high note at the Segerstrom Center", Daily Pilot
- Perera, Srianthi (2010-05-15), "Ecumenical singers, musicians share passion for music", The Arizona Republic
- Swegles, Fred (2009-03-24), "Family, orchestra find unity in music", The Orange County Register
- "That Easter morn", Church News, 2008-03-29
- Gillum, Gary, Messiah in America, BYU Studies (web only review)
- Official website of Millennial Choirs and Orchestras