DORCHESTER, MA (May 12, 2015)—On Sunday, May 10, the Boston City Singers Neighborhood Training Choruses came together to support the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace. The young singers from the Dorchester and Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Training Choruses, ages 7-11, sang two pieces at the beginning of the Walk in front of thousands of participants.
More than 10,000 people gathered in Fields Corner, Dorchester on Mother’s Day to show that “peace is possible.” Proceeds from the Walk go toward victims of homicide and gun violence. Participants of the 19th Annual Walk for Peace included Ursula Ward, the mother of homicide victim Odin Lloyd, and Denise Richard, whose 8-year old son Martin Richard was killed in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans marched together, and Walsh proclaimed “The Walk for Peace should be every day.” The participants walked 3.46 miles with brightly colored flags, T-shirts, and bandanas, creating a colorful display of solidarity along the streets of Dorchester.
Boston City Singers was founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Jane Money in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood to provide outstanding opportunities for children to come together through music in their own neighborhoods. Twenty years later, 16 different programs provide comprehensive sequential music instruction to 500 young people aged 4 – 18.
Boston City Singers is committed to fostering peace in our communities by uniting hearts and minds through music regardless of personal difference. Young singers learn about cultural differences through the musical traditions of other nations as they are supported to grow as cultural ambassadors for peace, harmony, and cooperation.
Boston City Singers is now accepting applications next school year for all divisions in Jamaica Plain, Dorchester and North Cambridge. For more information and to apply, visit www.bostoncitysingers.org/join-us.html