Gateway to the West

Apr 22, 2013


MACCC with their choir director Kris Thompson

The McPherson Arts Council Children's Choir (MACCC) takes a trip each spring to enjoy the sites and perform. Last year they hit the road to Branson and just a few weeks ago they took off for St. Louis. Kala Bruce and her daughter Taylor were among the group that made the trip.

Taylor Bruce at the Arch
MACCC was established in 1981 in an effort to provide a community wide children's organization dedicated to the performing arts. Membership is by audition and includes 21 third through sixth graders residing in McPherson County. Currently under the direction of Kris Thompson, MACCC performs throughout the academic year in a variety of concert 
settings.

While in St. Louis, the choir visited the Basilica Cathedral, St. Louis Zoo, a vocal workshop called Stages and the famous Arch. They performed at the Butterfly House, the Magic House, Gambrill Gardens Retirement Village and Children's Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. Kala said, "The trip this year was really special because of our visit to Children's Mercy." Throughout the year the children had been saving their change and collecting it in a jar at choir practice. The sixth graders were able to present a check for $190.40 to the hospital after their performance. It was an incredibly moving experience for all the children as well as the parent sponsors and helpers.

Over the years MACCC has touched the lives of over 1,000 children. Annual spring tours have spanned the country including Dallas, Chicago, Orlando, Branson, New Orleans, Phoenix, Nashville, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Anaheim. MACCC is a not-for-profit organization. All choir expenses are covered by membership fees, donations and annual fundraising projects.

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