Outreach Program


The MCC Music Department Outreach Program, begun in 2005, offers a variety of concerts, lectures, demonstrations, master classes and workshops to students at Lowell High School, the Middlesex Charter School and other area schools. Presentations are given both at the schools and at the MCC Academic Arts Center, Recital Hall and the Concert Hall of the Bedford Campus. These events afford high quality musical experiences, which go beyond the normal high school curriculum, and create a dynamic relationship between Middlesex Community College and the K-12 Fine Arts Pathway initiative. Programs are also given for LIRA, UMass Lowell’s arts program for retirees.

The coordinator of this program is Orlando Cela.


Presentations have included:

Vocal workshops

MCC music faculty performances

Informal lecture/recitals given by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Presentations/demonstrations by Cambodian musicians

Performances of North Indian/Hindustani music

Performances by jazz musicians

Performances of Brazilian music

Events in Fall 2021

Wednesday, October 21
Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, Recital Hall

Outreach for LIRA and the general public

Dmitri Shostakovich’s compositions were coded messages for his audience against the Soviet regime, and in the case of the Chamber Symphony No. 8, a retelling of his life at his lowest point. The Lowell Chamber Orchestra, conducted by MCC faculty member Orlando Cela, will explore this incredible work, and illustrate how Shostakovich portrays his life through music.

Sunday, October 24
Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, Theatre

Outreach program given for "Lowell Learns Community Arts and Music Initiative."

Orlando Cela and members of the Lowell Chamber Orchestra introduced the children to the string instruments in the orchestra. They also created a story together, which then was set to music. In addition, the children heard music by Joseph Bologne, le Chavalier de Saint- Georges, and Dmitri Shostakovich.

Wednesday, November 3

Outreach program at Ste Jeanne d’Arc School in Lowell

Given by Orlando Cela

Last Modified: 9/19/22