The Metropolitan Master Chorale believes in community: our community of singers, the community of special needs service providers, members of the business community that support us through sponsorships and in-kind donations, the government agencies who make grants and provide performance opportunities, and the music and recording organizations who provide so many services to us.
The Metropolitan Master Chorale Outreach Program is dedicated to making great music available to everyone in our community. For those with special needs and their caretakers, access to the cultural life of Los Angeles can be very challenging. In addition, many children in the area are simply not able to attend concerts and other arts performances.
The MMC is pleased to partner with the following nonprofit service agencies to provide evenings of outstanding choral music for their members. We are grateful for these organizations because they offer invaluable assistance to and make a vital difference in the lives of those they serve.
Youth and Arts Education
The MMC provides music scholarships to high school and community college students as part of its Youth and Arts Education outreach. The students study vocal technique, interpretation, advanced sight singing and a sophisticated repertoire along with a variety of languages and musical styles. In addition, the students receive vocational training and learn what is required to operate a nonprofit music organization. As part of its Arts Education outreach, the Metropolitan Master Chorale also offers pre-performance discussions by Glenn Carlos.
The Chorale’s repertoire includes works from diverse cultures, languages and musical eras.
Special Needs Community
The MMC provides evenings of wonderful music for those with special needs and their caretakers who are often not able to participate in the cultural life of Los Angeles. The Chorale partners with several local agencies and service providers, listed below, to provide tickets at no charge for MMC concerts.
The AIDS Service Center opened in Pasadena in 1987. Today, the center reaches out to almost 1,700 individuals and families throughout Los Angeles County who are affected by and at risk for HIV/AIDS. AIDS Service Center’s multi-disciplinary team develops and delivers services, advocacy and education tailored to improve the quality of life of individuals, families and communities impacted by and at risk for HIV/AIDS and related medical conditions.
Established in 1986, Being Alive is Los Angeles’ first nonprofit membership organization created and operated by and for people living with HIV/AIDS. This peer-led agency engenders a sense of independence and self-determination in its members and builds a healthier and more powerful community of HIV-positive people. Being Alive accomplishes its mission through a comprehensive array of emotional support, treatment
The Braille Institute is a private non-profit organization whose mission for ninety years has been to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. The Institute’s five regional centers in Southern California and numerous outreach programs offer hope and encouragement to more than 75,000 people who are blind and visually impaired. Integrated educational, social and recreational programs and services are provided through the dedicated efforts of more than 4,000 volunteers.
The mission of The Center for the Partially Sighted is to promote independent living for people of all ages with impaired sight. The Center, a nonprofit agency founded in 1978, is recognized as one of the premier low vision rehabilitation centers in the world. Through optometric evaluations, computer demonstrations, counseling and other critical services, The Center staff offers specialized programs tailored to the unique health needs and lifestyles of individuals with vision loss.
Since 1953, Junior Blind of America has been committed to helping children and adults who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled achieve independence. Based in Los Angeles, Junior Blind provides services to thousands of individuals and their families in six nationally recognized programs that offer early intervention, education, recreation and rehabilitation. These life-changing programs and services are designed to empower infants, children, teens and adults to maximize their own unique potential, achieve their greatest level of independence and enhance self-esteem.
Small Wonders Foundation is a U.S.-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance, information, help and encouragement to families of children with congenital and acquired deformities of the face and body. Started in 2005 to support the work of world-class pediatric plastic surgeon Dr. John Reinisch, Small Wonders Foundation has so far changed the lives of children born with microtia/atresia and large facial birthmarks.