Cambridge Children's Chorus

Cambridge Children's Chorus

Location:

St. John the Evangelist Church
2254 Massachusetts Avenue
North Cambridge
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Ages:

Age 4 - Grade 9

Programs:

  • Kodály Singing Class (ages 4-K)
  • Melody Makers (Grades 1-2)
  • Training Chorus (Grades 3-5)
  • Cantare (Grades 6-9)
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Cambridge Children’s Chorus, a division of Boston City Singers, provides music and youth development programming for age 4 through 9th grade. This division was founded in 2012 by Wendy Silverberg, Director of Early Childhood Education and Cambridge resident and Jane Money, Founding Artistic Director at the urging of neighborhood families to replicate Boston City Singers’s music and youth development programs headquartered in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. Each child is supported by seasoned artistic and administrative staff with the assistance of Cambridge-based teen mentors and graduate student teaching fellows from local conservatories.

Mission

Cambridge Children’s Chorus’ mission is to provide the highest level of creative youth development opportunities to underserved youth, ages 4 - 9th grade, in the very community 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.

Cambridge Faculty

Wendy Silverberg

Director of Early Childhood Education and OperaKids
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Joshua DeWitte

Conductor
Cambridge Cantare
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Debbie Slade

Debbie Slade

Programs Manager
Cambridge Choruses
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Eileen Huang

Eileen Huang

Cambridge Training Chorus Accompanist
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Cambridge Children's Chorus Virtual Programs

Programming is virtual until further notice

KODÁLY SINGING CLASSES (ages 4 - K)

Director: Wendy Silverberg
Programs Manager: Debbie Slade
Tuition: $300 per year
Class Length: 30 minutes
Cambridge - Monday, 4:00 - 4:30
We return this fall with songs from around the world. In small groups, we will connect directly with each child to enable them to participate in all of our beloved activities, from singing to movement and dance. We will be sharing beautiful story songs for listening and improvising our own verses. 

MELODY MAKERS (Grades 1 - 2)

Director: Wendy Silverberg
Programs Manager: Debbie Slade
Tuition: $350 per year
Class Length: 30 minutes
Cambridge - Thursday, 3:45 - 4:15
Our Melody Maker songbirds develop their musicianship through singing rounds, beginning two-part music and partner songs. We meet in small groups of 5-6 singers to allow children to connect with each other and develop their skills as individual singers.

TRAINING CHORUS (Grades 3 - 5)

Director: Wendy Silverberg
Programs Manager: Debbie Slade
Tuition: $400 per year
Class Length: 45 minutes
Cambridge -
Thursday, 4:30 - 5:15
Our Training Chorus meets in small groups of 5-6 singers throughout the time we rehearse virtually. We work on repertoire and musical concepts using Seesaw as an online platform as we build community. To record ourselves, we use Soundtrap to create simple song arrangements. Singers learn to create their own musical compositions!

CANTARE (Grades 6 - 9)

Director: Josh DeWitte
Programs Manager: Debbie Slade
Tuition: $700 per year - including core programming and electives
Class Length: 3 hours (6 groups for 30 minutes each) plus 1 elective class
Cambridge - Tuesday, between the hours of  4:30 - 7:30 pm

Each member is assigned a 30-minute time slot during the hours above

Through a program of singing, music literacy, song writing, and production, Cantare (grades 6-9) helps each singer develop their voice and musicianship. Through weekly Zoom meetings, singers meet in small groups with vocal coaches to work on vocal technique, explore harmony through recording and layering multiple parts in Soundtrap, and share music in our community. As singers explore various songs, they will analyze structure, harmony, melodic and rhythmic patterns, and derive listening exercises from the music. Singers will learn how to best record and edit their voices to create professional level recordings.

Registration

It is necessary for all returning and new singers to register annually.

No child is denied the opportunity to register and join a program for lack of family funds. Please complete the Financial Aid section of the Registration Form to apply for assistance.

Ways To Register:

Online -  please click HERE to be taken to the Registration Form.

To receive a paper registration, please email info@bostoncitysingers.org or call 617-825-0674.

Payment and Account Statements

HOW TO MAKE A PAYMENT:
The first tuition payment is after you complete the Registration Form.

  • If you are paying by check or money order:
    Please make your check or money order payable to "Boston City Singers" and send to our mailing address at Boston City Singers, 17 Waldeck Street, Dorchester, MA 02124. Include your child's name and program in the memo line.
  • PARTIAL PAYMENT OR IF YOU RECEIVED FINANCIAL AID
    If you wish to pay online with a credit or debit card AND are paying a portion of the tuition for the year:
    Click here and select Option 7.
    Follow the prompts and fill in the information requested.
  • Do not send cash through the mail.

If you are unable to make a tuition payment as agreed, please contact your Program Manager or the Managing Director -  melissagraham@bostoncitysingers.org / 617-265-6700. All information is kept strictly confidential.

Should your circumstances change and you do not need the financial assistance awarded, please contact your Program Manage or the Managing Director.

STATEMENTS:

Statements for your account will be emailed to you monthly starting in October of each season detailing:

  1. total amount due for the year (tuition),
  2. amount awarded in financial aid (if any),
  3. amount you have paid to date, and
  4. full amount due between the issue date of the statement and the end of the season. This amount can be paid by semester or monthly)

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to be in touch with Managing Director Melissa Graham at melissagraham@bostoncitysingers.org

Financial Aid

We understand that many in our community have been financially challenged by this pandemic. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, financial aid funds have been increased to meet the needs of our families. When determining each award, we consider family income and adverse circumstances such as divorce, job loss, illness, and number in the household.

All families receiving SNAP benefits need only pay $50 per semester for Early Childhood and Elementary Age Programs. Should that pose a hardship, please contact your program manager.

Tuition for Teen Programs is based on a sliding scale.

To apply for aid, please complete the Financial Aid section of the Registration Form. Your request will be promptly reviewed. You will be notified as soon as possible.

All information is kept strictly confidential.

Joining Mid-Season

Singers who join after November 1 will have their tuition adjusted accordingly.

“As a community pediatrician, I have witnessed how Cambridge Community Chorus transforms the lives of Cambridge children from a wide variety of backgrounds. My own children have been members for the past seven years and they have enjoyed tremendous opportunities to learn and grow as young artists and citizens through this exceptional program. I am proud to say that my older child is now giving back as a mentor to the younger singers! My children and our family have become friends with people from all over Cambridge, from different schools and backgrounds, with different interests and experience - all united by the shared experience making music.”

— Dr. Mary Alexander, Cambridge

“Why am I so grateful that my kids and our community has access to the opportunities offered by the Cambridge Children’s Choir? I have no doubt that musical instruction is a gift to our children that will benefit them intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Music is a great equalizer. It allows all kids to have a means to keep their balance, find a healthy escape from stress, find community, growth, joy, solace, and success. Our community is fortunate that the staff has taken great care and effort to make it accessible to any child  - male/female/gay/trans/other, any color, any language, any tax bracket, any family situation - here in Cambridge and surrounding communities.”

— Maria Hottelet Foley, Cambridge