BCC singers at the first Premier Choir and Young Men's Ensemble Combined rehearsal.
Over 450 singers started the 13th season of BCC!  Another exciting year is ahead for these young singers. BCC continues to grow and develop empathetic singers skilled at navigating our diverse world.  

In this e-News read about BCC day on Sept 16, all the places the chorus has traveled recently, awards and grants we have received and upcoming performances.  Also read about BCC alumnus Grace Thompson's experience at BCC this summer.  

We hope you have a great week! 


On June 18, Chorus America, during their annual national conference in Boston this year, recognized BCC with the Brazeal Wayne Dennard Award.  The award recognizes organizations committeed to diversity, inclusiveness, and furthering African American choral traditions. Read more here.


May 1 to 2, Mrs. Adams led 50 singers to Colchester, Vermont to participate in an exchange and performance with the Vermont American Choral Directors Association Children's Honor Choir, which Dr. Trecek-King conducted.  The singers later participated in an acting workshop at the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company in Weston, VT.


On September 22, BCC's Central Training Choir will perform the National Anthem at Fenway Park when the Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays.  The choir has been called up early in the 2015-16 season to sing but they are up to the challenge and it will likely be a highlight of their year.
BCC singers and Dr. Trecek-King receiving the BCC Day Proclamation from former City of Boston Director of Arts, Tourism and Special Events Chris Cook in September 2012.

In 2012, former Mayor Thomas Menino proclaimed September 16 Boston Children's Chorus Day in recognition of BCC's artistic excellence and commitment to social justice.  


This September 16, 2015, we invite BCC friends, family and supporters to visit our office and rehearsals at 112 Shawmut Avenue, Boston from 4:30 to 6:30pm.  Visit rehearsal, enjoy light refreshments and try your hand at musical trivia!  No RSVP necessary and ALL ARE WELCOME!


We hope to see you!

BCC singers with students from the Strakonice Gymnazium outside of Prague.

June 25 to July 5, sixty-nine BCC singers, ten BCC staff, and twenty-one BCC board members, parents and friends traveled to Prague and Berlin on BCC's Liberation tour.  There are too many highlights to share but a few memorable moments include the choir's visit to the Terezin concentration camp, the Spanish Synagogue in Prague's Jewish Quarter, and performances at the Lobkowicz Palace and in Berlin with the Deutscher Jugendkammerchor (German Youth Chamber Choir).  


One of our singers wrote, "The highlight of the entire trip was performing at the Spanish Synagogue three works commemorating Terezin's 70th anniversary of its liberation.The acoustics and the sound was so pure and majestic, it made even the composers cry.  The feeling and emotion that ran through the hall is something I've never seen before and am so proud to have been a part of it."


Thank you so much to all the friends and supporters who made this trip possible, especially the Terezin Music Foundation, Bayer Corporation and all our kick starter supporters.  Our singers will carry this trip in their hearts and minds for a very long time.

Grace Thompson singing "Up to the Mountain" at BCC's 2009 MLK, Jr. Concert.  Grace working with BCC's Manager of Programs Ashley Mac this summer.
"What a fantastic summer it has been!"

Just one week after graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance, I began working at the BCC as a Programs Assistant for the summer. It has been such a joy to be able to return to the organization that I believe has shaped me into the strong, confident person that I am today. 

It was my experience as a member of the Boston Children's Chorus that influenced me to study music in college, and encouraged me to pursue many positions of leadership during those years -- such as the positions of president and music director of my college's all-female a cappella group, and philanthropy chair for my sorority.
Although my future plans as a musician are uncertain, my plan for now is to stay in the Boston area for the year, take voice lessons to prepare for graduate school auditions, and find a job in the arts with a mission similar to that of the BCC. Throughout my entire job search process, the BCC staff has been unbelievably supportive. They have provided resume and cover letter advice, networking opportunities, and recommendations that have ultimately led to several job interviews and even job offers.  

I feel so lucky to have this organization in my corner. If I didn't know it before, I know it now -- once you join the Boston Children's Chorus, you're family for life.  I am forever grateful. 

Grace Ellen Thompson
BCC Member 2004-2011

Manager of Donor Relations, Jenara Gardner at the Finding Fay Family Festival at the Boston Center for the Arts.
BCC was honored to participate in the Finding Fay Free Family Festival on Saturday, September 12 at the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA).  Fay Chandler died in Brighton on March 3, 2015 after 92 years of giving back to the community through her art and philanthropy.  Over 40 organizations positively impacted by Fay over her life gathered together at the BCA Cyclorama to celebrate her life by making music and art together.  
BCC's impact is due to the generous support and vision of people like Fay Chandler. We will miss her but her vision lives on!

Please join a free celebratory concert at 7pm on Tuesday, September 15 presented by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra featuring a mix of Fay's favorite music at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University.  Highlights include a new work by New England Conservatory's Larry Bell, and pieces by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, and even a Calypso Medley.  Seats on a first come first served basis and the doors open at 6:15pm   More information here.

BCC is honored to announce the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) has awarded BCC two grants for this fiscal year.  BCC has been promoted to the highest level of the Cultural Investment Portfolio and

has received a three-year grant from the MCC's new SerHacer program. 

SerHacer is focused on supporting ensemble-based music programs that use music as a vehicle for social change.  The program is inspired by the work of El Sistema.  BCC is honored to be among a wonderful slate of programs to receive this grant.  Click here for a list of recipients.


Thank you to our legislatures, the voters, arts advocates and you for supporting the passing of this year's FY16 MCC Budget increase to $12 million dollars, which no doubt enabled BCC and other organizations throughout the state to receive this funding. 

September 22 at 7:05pm
Red Sox Game
Fenway Park
Central Training Choir 

October 5 at 6:00pm
Terezin Music Foundation Gala
Symphony Hall
The Premier Choir and the Young Men's Ensemble
Ticketed event

October 11 at 2:30pm and October 13 at 7:30pm
Portland Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven & Berlioz
Merrill Auditorium, Portland, ME
Concert Choir

October 12, time in the morning to be confirmed
Opening our Doors Day
Fenway Cultural District in Boston
West End House Training Choir 
Free Event

November 7 at 3:00pm
A Few of my Favorite Things: Celebrate Dr. Anthony Trecek-King's 10th Anniversary at BCC
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Boston, MA
The Premier Choir and the Young Men's Ensemble
Ticketed event
December 3, Time TBC
Boston Common Holiday Tree Lighting
Central Intermediate Advanced
Free Event  

December 12 at 11:00am and 3:00pm
Winter Sky
Old South Church, Boston, MA
All Choirs (Specific choirs per concert to be confirmed)
$12 a ticket.  Tickets to go on sale shortly.

December 13 at 3:00pm
Holiday Sing-along
Old South Church, Boston, MA
$12 a ticket.  Tickets to go on sale shortly.


BPS Arts Expansion Fund at EdVestors


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