Millennial Choirs and Orchestras

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Millennial Choirs & Orchestras
Millennial Choirs & Orchestras current logo.
Origin Orange County, California, U.S.
Founding 2007 (8 years ago)
Genre Worship, classical, gospel
Members 2500

Millennial Choirs & Orchestras is a musical organization with choirs for youth and adults, and a symphony orchestra for experienced instrumentalists. MCO was founded in 2007 for the purpose of teaching and encouraging excellence in quality sacred and classical music. Its primary purpose is to offer a refined music performance education, with a focus on God and country. MCO has locations in 4 states: California, Arizona, Utah, and Texas. MCO recently announced its expansion to Boise, Idaho in the fall of 2015.


EVMCO performing a concert in the Mesa Arts Center's Ikeda Theater, in 2011

MCO consists of singers ranging from age four through adult. The Symphony Orchestra consists of experienced instrumentalists. The ensembles are constructed as follows:

  • 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


"MCO was founded in 2007 by brothers and musicians Brandon Stewart and Dr. Brett Stewart. The organization recently expanded its artistic staff by adding 4 additional musical directors: Cory Mendenhall, Dr. Cherilyn Worthen, Dr. Brent Wells, and Dr. Joni Jensen. MCO operates under the parent organization Millennial Music, which is a private 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization. The organization's motto is "All Ages. All Faiths. One Voice." It was founded for the purpose of teaching and encouraging excellence in quality sacred and classical music. Annually there are more than 2,500 individuals who participate in MCO.[1]


The Orange County Millennial Choral Organization of Newport Beach, Orange County, California was founded in 2007. The East Valley Millennial Choral Organization (EVMCO) in Mesa, Arizona was added in 2009, and the two locales became the "Millennial 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"(DMCO).

In July 2013, MCO announced the opening of an additional locale in Utah Valley, Utah (UVMCO).[2]

OCMCO released its debut album, That Easter Morn, in 2009.

Millennial Choirs and Orchestras released its sophomore album, the oratorio Messiah in America, in December 2011, which opened as the number one album on Billboard's Traditional Classical chart. This album told the story of Christ’s ministry in the Americas after His Ressurrection.

In November 2012, MCO released a combined Christmas album, O Holy Night.

On July 1, 2014, MCO released the album "To Be American" (originally performed at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas) which is a compilation of original arrangements of traditional American music and original compositions, including Brett Stewart’s arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner," two songs which were popular during the Civil War, MCO’s arrangement of "How Great Thou Art," and many others.


Year Album Name # of Tracks
2009 That Easter Morn 13
2011 Messiah in America 22
2012 O Holy Night 15
2014 To Be American 14

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