Who We Are
Artistic Director & Conductor
About Minnesota Center Chorale
The Minnesota Center Chorale (MCC) is a regional community chorus which begins its 44th season in the fall of 2016. MCC draws members throughout central Minnesota into this 80 member auditioned choir to perform a mixture of classical and contemporary music. The Minnesota Center Chorale is a member of United Arts of Central Minnesota. All the members are volunteers.
Sacred masterworks performed in recent seasons include The Creation (Die Schöpfung) by Franz Joseph Haydn; Requiem Mass settings by Johann Brahms, W.A. Mozart and Guiseppi Verdi; Mass settings by Charles Gounod, Ethel Smyth, and Amy Beach; and Te Deum settings by Zoltan Kodaly and Anton Bruckner.
MCC has performed unique and eclectic works such as Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio and Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb; and presented programs entitled A Civil War Portrait with musicians Cristina Seaborn and Paul Imholte; The Emerald Isle-with collaborative guests Ring of Kerry; The Reluctant Dragon – a free family concert held at The East-Side Boys and Girls Club; When Music Sounds -composed by Roger Towler and performed with the Bethlehem Strings; and We Remember – a memorial concert for 9/11 with the Land of Lakes Choirboys.
Lighter concerts include Postcards From Minnesota, with special guests St. John's Boys' Choir; Let's Go to the Movies!; A Broadway Valentine; and concerts with the St. Cloud Municipal Band - From Sea to Shining Sea, a concert to honor war veterans, and I Hear America Singing, a patriotic concert.
Past residencies include St. Cloud native Flannery Cunningham with the premiere of Nightlines, composer Caleb Wenzel with the premiere of the MCC commission of Psalm 150, a premiere of the commissioned work Songs of War and Peace by Judith Shatin, Korean American composer Yung-wha Son with Song of Diaspora, English composer David Fanshawe and a performance of his African Sanctus, and Mary McAuliffe from Ireland for a performance of her Return to Old Ireland.
Minnesota Center Chorale continues to seek ways to bring the art of choral singing to central Minnesota in unique and inspiring ways. We hope to see you at a future concert and to leave you with a moving and fulfilling musical experience.
Board of Directors
President: Laura Kangas
Secretary: Tom Ramsey
Treasurer: Andrea Miller
Artistic Director & Conductor: Jody Martinson
Operations Coordinator: Michelle Dettmann
Accompanist: Sean Jacobson
Stage Management: Steven Holste & Mark Braun
Grant Coordinator: Jestine Ware
Past President: Laura Capes
*MCC is currently seeking 1 or 2 new Board members with energy and vision!
If you would like to be considered for the Board of Directors, please send an inquiry email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.