Mission, Vision, Goals
Since 1995, Boston City Singers’ mission has been to provide the highest level of creative youth development opportunities to underserved young people, ages 4 - 18, in the very communities in which they live. Our programs inspire personal journeys, bridge opportunity gaps, celebrate diversity, and foster goodwill. Our strengths lie in an unwavering commitment to social justice and acceptance of differences across socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, and gender preference.
We are proud of our values:
- diversity, inclusion, and respect
- innovation and possibility
- responsibility for our communities.
Boston City Singers provides comprehensive music instruction to over 500 young people annually. Weekly rehearsals are designed to provide our members not only with music instruction but with outstanding performance opportunities, youth development, cultural exploration, leadership training and community service. Singers, grouped by age and level, develop progressive mastery of skills with children from backgrounds different than their own, engaging hearts and minds during the critical after-school hours. Through ongoing mentor relationships with older youth and teachers who share common interests, singers are connected to a strong and supportive community in which teamwork plays an important role.
Young singers learn and perform a dynamic, distinctive and challenging repertoire, supporting the region’s rich artistic diversity in a variety of settings for diverse audiences. We also develop new repertoire, and commission, perform and publish music of distinction. Through outstanding music education and vocal instruction, excellence in performance, and serving the community through song, members experience the joy of singing, teamwork and leadership, musical skills and artistic expression - skills that last a lifetime!
Boston City Singers performs music from many ages and cultures, while learning concepts (melody, rhythm, harmony, timbre, dynamics, form, style, and performance practice) and skills (theory, sight-reading and vocal technique).
How we’re unique
- The number of underserved young people in our programs who live in the urban neighborhoods of Greater Boston\
- Our strategic and accessible locations in areas where arts education is lacking.
- Our low organizational overhead. We don’t maintain an office, preferring to use our funding in direct support of the children we serve.
- Our emphasis on youth development, with programs such as Peer Leaders, Teen Mentors, Global Voices, and Sing for Good.
- 100% of our graduates are accepted to four-year colleges, and 96% graduate "on time."