Key Staff Members
Founding Artistic Director
Jane co-founded Boston City Singers in 1995 as a division of Newton-based Youth Pro Musica. In 2003, Boston City Singers became a separate program with headquarters in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, and currently serves 500 young people in 16 programs for children ages 4 - 18. Jane has over 30 years of experience teaching music in classrooms, school and church choirs. She holds masters degrees in music from Auckland University in New Zealand; in music education from Trinity College of Music in London; in engineering (MS) from Boston University. She is also the Founding Artistic Director of “Children’s Voices of Ireland.” She is a former instructor with the Metropolitan Opera’s Urban Voices program and Youth Choirs at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Wellesley, MA. She is a frequent workshop presenter at ACDA, MMEA, AGO, Chorus America. A native of New Zealand, Jane has been a resident of Dorchester for over 25 years where she fosters dogs for New England Brittany Rescue and volunteers at Daily Table.
Melissa J. Graham
Melissa joined Boston City Singers in 2011 to manage fundraising and special events, financial and staff management, human resources, marketing and public relations, government and community outreach and serve as the designated staff liaison to the Board of Directors. She came to Boston City Singers to take on this newly-created position from her position as a Founding Director of The Boston Guys, an event planning, fundraising and marketing collaborative that served political, not-for-profit, educational and business clients domestically and abroad. Melissa was the host of Commonwealth Journal, a radio talk show on WUMB where she had the opportunity to share stories of remarkably successful bold facers weekly, and served as Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for the Boston Five Cents Savings Bank FSB (now Citizens Bank). During the 1990s, she was a senior advance person for First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton during the Clinton White House years and had the privilege of traveling throughout the United States, Europe and South Africa meeting kings, queens and presidents, community leaders and everyday people who are the backbone of society. She was Vice President and General Manager for Nathan Tyler Productions and Director of Local Fundraising for WGBH Television/Radio. She holds a BA in Sociology and Public Relations from Miami University in Ohio after attending William Smith (Hobart) College in New York. A native of New York and raised in Ohio, Melissa lives in the Dorchester with her husband of 22 years, a son attending Quinnipiac University in CT and a rescued Catahoula named Elvis. When not working, Melissa is am an avid traveler, grandmother to five, gardener, Phantom Gourmet fan, and she loves to explore the back roads throughout New England.
In addition to his position leading the Cantare Divisions of Boston City Singers’ Concert Chorus in Dorchester and Cambridge, Josh teaches middle school chorus at Rindge Avenue Upper School and general music to grades 3-5 in the Cambridge Public Schools. Prior to teaching in Cambridge, he taught band and chorus in an inner-city high-school in Chicago for eight years. Upon graduation from Northwestern University in 1997, his intended career path as a film composer was disrupted when he fell in love with music education through an AmeriCorps program in Chicago. Seeing the powerful effect of music on the lives of children inspired him to pursue music education professionally. Josh received his Masters in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago and his Kodály certification from the New England Conservatory.
Jamaica Plain Training Chorus Director & Opportunities Director
Sarah joined Boston City Singers in 2015 as a Teaching Fellow in Cambridge and is now directing the Jamaica Plain Training Chorus and the Boston City Singers Carolers. A soprano, Sarah is a Maryland native currently residing in Boston where she is a devoted singer and music educator. She was a Teaching Artist with The Metropolitan Opera Guild Urban Voices program teaching music/choir to elementary age children from 2016-2018. Sarah maintains an active private teaching studio out of her home and is on voice faculty at All Newton Music School. Formerly, Sarah has worked as a Junior class Voice Teacher with Boston Arts Academy, Full-time Voice Staff at the 2016 Boston Conservatory Vocal Choral Intensive, and Assistant/Co-Youth Choir Director at Our Lady of the Chesapeake. Ms. Eastman is also an active performer nationwide. She has been heard with Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, OperaWorks, Manhattan Opera Studio, MetroWest Opera, Longwood Opera Summer Concert Series, Odyssey Opera, MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and Towson University Music for the Stage. She has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Boston Symphony Hall. Ms. Eastman has a passion for vocal health, the mechanisms of the voice, mind-body-voice integration, and languages/diction. She has a minor in Italian and elementary studies in French, German, Spanish, and Latin. Sarah began the Alexander Technique Teacher Training program at Boston Conservatory this past year. In addition to directing the Jamaica Plain Training Chorus, Sarah has joined the Boston City Singers’ Administrative Staff as the Opportunities Director.
World Rhythm Ensemble Director
Kimani joined Boston City Singers in 2012 as World Rhythm Ensemble Director. He is a vibrant music educator who is passionate about the percussion and dance traditions of West Africa and the African diaspora. He performs with a variety of musical groups including the Haitian Drum and Dance Company, Fantezi Kreyol, the Art of Black Music and Dance, Silimbo African Dance Company and Lamine Toure with Group Saloum. Kimani grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, where he studied classical piano, and traditional Jamaican and Caribbean drumming at the Jamaica School of Music. Currently, Kimani teaches music and traditional percussion at the Lincoln School in Providence, Rhode Island, an independent, college preparatory school for girls in Grades 1 through 12.
A Boston City Singers’ alum, Carmen was a member of Boston City Singers for seven years. She graduated from the choir in 2012 and stayed involved as the first junior representative on the Board of Directors. Carmen studied at Wheelock College as a result of winning the prestigious Passion For Action Scholarship award. In 2016 she earned her BA in American Studies with a focus in Political Science and Global Studies. Post-college, Carmen was selected to participate in two international internships: The Good Work Foundation in rural Hazyview South Africa, and at the Corrymeela Peace and Reconciliation Retreat center in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland. In addition to these internships Carmen has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Mexico and Central America as well as touring internationally with Boston City Singers to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, and Costa Rica. Carmen brings experience to the team due to her work in group dynamics, youth development, and conflict resolution. In addition, she has a special passion for connecting closely with the families and singers since in her words she, ‘grew up in the choir’.
Daniel P. Ryan
Dan joined Boston City Singers in 2014 and has been the director of AP Harmony, BCS Fellas and now Harmony, a mixed chorus of middle and high school singers. He is an active conductor and singer in the Boston area. He conducts The Sine Nomine Choral Ensemble and directs In Good Company Theatre Co. Currently, he holds professional singing posts at First Church Boston and Trinity Parish of Newton Center. He has served as assistant conductor for Julian Wachner in Maytooth, Ireland for Haydn’s Creation with Berkshire Choral International and served on the faculty at Interlochen Summer Arts Academy as music director. Previous to relocating to Boston, Daniel was on the faculty of North Iredell High School in Olin, NC as the full-time choral director for four hears where he dramatically increased the high school choral program. Daniel holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting from The Boston Conservatory and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and vocal performance from Catawba Colleg.
Cambridge Children’s Chorus Director
A vocalist and pianist, Wendy joined the staff of Boston City Singers’ in 2011 to direct early childhood music programs. In the Fall of 2012, she and Jane Money founded the Cambridge Children’s Chorus, a division of Boston City Singers, to offer Kodály, Training Chorus and Cantare chorus programs. Wendy retired from the Cambridge Public Schools in 2012 after four decades of teaching music to young children. Educated at the University of Rhode Island with a degree in music education, she also earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Antioch College and a Certificate from the Kodály Musical Training Institute of the New England Conservatory of Music. Wendy served on the board of the Boston Area Kodály Educators and has sung with The Boston Cecilia since 1972. She has presented before the Eastern Division MENC, the National School Boards Convention in Orlando, Florida and the MENC in Boston. In 2010, Singapore’s Department of Education invited her to work with students and create a video for their teacher’s professional development. Since 2013, Wendy has traveled to Argentina, China and Norway on Boston City Singers’ behalf.
Cambridge Children’s Chorus Manager
Debbie joined the Cambridge division of Boston City Singers in 2014, one year after it was founded. She has been instrumental in the growth and development of hundreds of members as they have progressed from Kodaly Singing Classes to Cantare. Formerly a music specialist and and arts department chair at Buckingham Browne & Nichols Lower School for more than 35 years, Debbie taught Pre-K to 6th grade music classes, chorus, orchestra, recorder ensemble, co-directed sixth grade musicals, and taught 5th grade math. She was selected to attend the summer Creative Computing course using Scratch programming at MIT’s Media Lab, and The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning summer course at the Harvard School of Education. She played in a Boston Recorder Society tour to Rome and was one of the founders of Patschwork, a six member group of music teachers devoted to playing and creating music using the Orff-Schulwerk approach followed in their music classes. Active as a choral singer, Debbie has performed with New World Chorale, Chorus pro Musica, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus with the Boston Symphony. She enjoys photography, gardening, cooking and finds opportunities to be on or near the water in Maine and on Cape Cod. She gained a strong musical background in the Concord Public Schools, received a Music Education degree at UMass-Amherst and a Masters in Elementary Education at Lesley University in Cambridge. Besides her commitment to Cambridge Children’s Chorus, she also spends time assisting with curatorial work at Longyear Museum in Chestnut Hill. She lives in Arlington with her husband, an organist, a choral singer and systems analyst.