Boston City Singers alumna Amelia Burke was featured on the Smith College Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability blog this week! Amelia will be graduating this spring "with a degree in Middle Eastern studies, a minor in environmental science and policy, and a concentration in sustainable food."
Click here to read more about Amelia's work in sustainability! Way to go, Amelia!
Click here to see where six of our alumni are today!
If you would like to be featured in an upcoming impact statement, email Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org!
DORCHESTER, MA (March 5, 2015) Dorchester’s own Boston City Singers Tour Choir is thrilled to have won a spot on the inaugural season of WGBH’s singing competition “Sing That Thing!” The television series, which will premiere on April 17th at 8:30pm on WGBH 2, aims to highlight the “impressive array of talent” found in New England. Boston City Singers, celebrating its 20th anniversary season this year, is one of 24 singing groups from across southern New England to make it past the preliminary audition, and hopes to progress to the finale in May.
The 45-voice Tour Choir, under the direction of Founder and Artistic Director Jane Money, is made up of singers ages 11-18 from Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Roslindale and surrounding neighborhoods. The group has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina, and will travel to Costa Rica in August 2015. “Sing That Thing!” will mark their first public television appearance.
Natalie S., a 6-year member and high school senior says, "This is amazing. Boston City Singers has taken me around the world and now they’ve made it possible for us to sing on TV. We have worked very hard all year, and we were so excited to be chosen."
“WGBH has been Boston’s leading arts broadcaster since we first went on the air six decades ago. ‘Sing That Thing!’ continues a strong tradition of connecting new audiences with the arts,” said Liz Cheng, the station’s general manager, in a press release. “These a cappella groups, gospel choirs, classical music ensembles and large choruses are among the best New England has to offer.”
The series includes groups from four categories: high school, collegiate, small adult group (8-16 members) and large adult group (17-60 members). The groups will perform over six episodes, including a live-to-tape finale featuring the top eight groups (two from each category) performing a unique rendition of an original composition commissioned for the series. The first 24 groups chosen to perform on-screen have been selected from a field of more than 50 ensembles.
To learn more about “Sing That Thing!” visit www.wgbh.org/SingThatThing
About Boston City Singers
Boston City Singers was founded in 1995 in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood to provide outstanding opportunities for children to come together through music in their own neighborhoods.
Twenty years later, our programs provide comprehensive sequential music instruction to over 500 young people aged 4 – 18 in 15 different programs in the Greater Boston area. No child is ever turned away for inability to pay tuition, and over 60% of singers receive financial assistance.
Weekly rehearsals are designed to provide singers with well-balanced sequential music instruction coupled with performance, youth development, cultural exploration, leadership training and community service components.
Singers develop progressive mastery of skills with children from backgrounds different than their own, engaging hearts and minds during the critical after-school hours. Emphasis is placed on personal discipline, teamwork and group cooperation. Through ongoing mentor relationships with older youth and teachers who share common interests, singers are connected to a strong and supportive community.
We are accepting new singers for our 20th anniversary year! We have openings for singers ages 4-18 in many of our programs.
For information on auditions and registration, email email@example.com. We look forward to singing with you!
With "impeccable intonation" and "pure treble", OperaKids perform in Camerata's "Daniel" to rave reviews!
The Boston City Singers OperaKids received excellent reviews for their participation in the chorus of Boston Camerata's production of "Daniel: A Medieval Masterpiece" on November 21st and 23rd at Trinity Church.
In the Boston Classical Review, Aaron Keebaugh writes,
The chorus, made up of members of Boston Camerata, students from the Longy Conservatory Early Music Program, the Trinity Choristers, and Boston City Singers, sang with tender phrasing and impeccable intonation.
Read the rest of the review here.
The Boston Musical Intelligencer's Brian Schuth writes,
The vocal forces were significant: students from the Longy School’s Early Music Department joined the Camerata, along with a fair number of child singers from the Trinity Choristers and the Boston City Singers, whose pure treble sweetened the mix at various points.
You can find the rest of the review here.
The Boston City Singers OperaKids program is a unique opportunity for eligible singers from any of our 16 divisions to participate in professional opera performances with local companies. Wendy Silverberg rehearses and trains the singers for each production to ensure excellence on stage!
Sam Higgins, member of the Boston City Singers OperaKids and Cantare programs, sang beautifully at Wednesday night's performance of the Chichester Psalms with the Boston Conservatory Choruses and Orchestra.
The performance was part of the annual collaboration between the Boston Conservatory Choruses and Orchestra under the direction of George Case. This year, the theme was From West to East: Psalms, Songs, and Hymns, and included works by British and American composers based on texts from many faiths and cultural traditions.
Boston City Singers' OperaKids program, directed by Wendy Silverberg, is a unique opera training program that allows eligible students in any of Boston City Singers’ divisions to take part in exceptional performance opportunities with opera and musical theatre companies throughout the year. Companies the OperaKids have performed with recently include Trinity Church, Odyssey Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, and The Boston Conservatory.
Sam is also a member of the Dorchester Cantare program, directed by Josh DeWitte.