Since 1995, El-Sistema inspired Boston City Singers has been serving singers ages 4 - 18 in the inner city neighborhoods of Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and North Cambridge. With a focus on artistic excellence, youth development and inclusion, we are known for our family atmosphere where diversity of all kinds is acknowledged and welcomed. Boston City Singers is a unique community where “love is born, peace is kept, and magic is real.” Our 15 programs for
• Dorchester (Epiphany School) • Jamaica Plain (Hope Central Church) • North Cambridge (St. John the Evangelist)
Josh DeWitte, Sarah Eastman, Kimani Lumsden, Jane Money, Daniel P. Ryan, and Wendy Silverberg, with assistance from Teaching Fellows from New England Conservatory at Berklee, Boston Conservatory, and Longy School of Music.
Our unique repertoire spans from the traditional - classical, jazz and Broadway, to the far corners of the earth - South Africa, Senegal, Ecuador, New Zealand and Russia. We provide outstanding performance opportunities, life skills training and educational guidance to all singers.
Tuition and Scholarship
Tuition rates vary by program, and are based on a sliding scale. No child is denied access to our programs for lack of family resources.
With robust social justice initiatives and strong leadership programs, Boston City Singers members are supported on an upward trajectory. 100% of our graduates are accepted at 4-year colleges. Alumni, many of whom come from at-risk neighborhoods, have gone on to attend leading universities including Harvard (6), Juilliard, University of Massachusetts, Boston University, Oberlin, Stanford, Columbia and New York University. Our alumni have been awarded over $3 million in scholarships to pursue their educational dreams. Graduates are now educators, government policy experts and social workers, musicians and arts administrators, engineers, college recruiters, medical professionals and financiers.
We are proud of our artistic and educational collaborations that expand the depth and breath of our members’ knowledge and experiences. They include Boston University, North Shore Philharmonic, Celebrity Series Boston, Ashmont Hill Chamber Music, Coro Allegro, Boston Camerata, Voices Boston, Guy Mendilow Ensemble, Sol y Canto, Alvin Ailey, Body Music, and Shaw Pong Liu.
A. Early Childhood Music Programs
• Children begin their journey with us in one of our Kodály Singing Classes at age 4 and Melody Makers for grades 1-2. A joyful curriculum of songs, games and dances. (Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and North Cambridge)
• Members of our Neighborhood Training Choruses develop rhythm and sight-singing techniques, using a wide variety of music in at least three languages. They begin to work with guest clinicians, expand their music writing skills, and perform at “outside” events several times a year. (Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and North Cambridge)
B. Concert Chorus Programs
• Cantare is geared towards singers in grades 6-9. For some, it is an entry point to our programs, and for others, an opportunity to expand on their training chorus experience. Members receive weekly intensive classes in music literacy and age-appropriate vocal coaching. They study sight singing, and prepare much of their music at home. They sing music in 3 – 4 parts in multiple languages, and perform at regional and national festivals. Members have the opportunity to take regular dance/movement classes. (Dorchester and North Cambridge)
• Harmony is an advanced group for young men with changed voices and young women in grades 9-12. Members gain advanced skills and experience in preparation for college auditions and regional performances. (Dorchester)
• Tour Choir is our most programmatic and time-intensive program. Members, grades 6-12, compose music, continue their vocal studies, prepare music in many languages in 2–9 parts, and take regular dance/movement and improvisation classes. Many also participate in the World Rhythm Ensemble, which performs separately and in most major Boston City Singers’ concerts. The Tour Choir travels internationally in alternating years to expand their cultural, historical and geographic knowledge and perform in concerts and festivals. (Dorchester)