Cambridge Children's Chorus

Cambridge Children's Chorus

Location:

St. James's Episcopal Church
1991 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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Debbie Slade

Debbie Slade

Cambridge Programs Manager: Kodaly, Melody Makers And Training Chorus
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Jaime Alberts

Jaime Alberts

Assistant Artistic Director
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Karlie Traversa

Karlie Travers

Cantare Programs Manager And Recruitment Manager
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Cambridge Accompanist
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Cambridge Children's Chorus Programs

All programs benefit from the support of graduate level Teaching Fellows from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, New England Conservatory and Longy School of Music at Bard College.

KODÁLY SINGING CLASSES (ages 4 - K)

Director:Wendy Silverberg
Program Manager:Debbie Slade
Tuition:$400 per year
Day/Time:Monday, 4:00 - 4:45

Through singing, dancing, creative movement, and playing percussion instruments, children develop their singing voice, beat competency, and pitch matching.

 

MELODY MAKERS (Grades 1 - 2)

Director:Wendy Silverberg
Program Manager:Debbie Slade
Tuition:$400 per year
Day/Time:Thursday, 3:45 - 4:30

Members develop rhythmic and harmonic skills, learn part-singing through rounds and partner songs.

 

TRAINING CHORUS (Grades 3 - 5)

Director:Wendy Silverberg
Program Manager:Debbie Slade
Tuition:$550 per year
Day/Time:Thursday, 4:45 - 5:45

Learn to read music, play complex rhythmic patterns, and perform in multiple parts, using a wide-ranging repertoire in 2-3 languages.

 

CANTARE (Grades 6 - 9)

Director:Jaime Alberts
Program Manager:Karlie Traversa
Tuition:$800 per year
Day/Time:Tuesday, 4:15 - 6:15

Intensive classes concentrate on music literacy and vocal coaching with music in 3-4 parts in multiple languages.

They often perform at six or more regional events, festivals, and concerts, including those with a full orchestra.

Cantare members may participate in the World Rhythm Ensemble (WRE) on Saturdays in Dorchester, studying the complex rhythms of the African diaspora.

 

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.
  • FULL ANNUAL PAYMENT
    If you wish to pay online with a credit or debit card AND are paying the full tuition for the year, click on the link and follow the prompts for the specific program your child attends
  • 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 on the link and follow the prompts for the specific program your child attends
  • 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.

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

Ensuring Access

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, financial aid funds have been provided 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.

“We watched the concert as a family event tonight. It was great! Congratulations for this beautiful presentation. Boston City Singers just proved that despite this awful pandemic, kids can continue to sing, learn and grow. It was amazing to see all of those kids overcoming the fact they can’t even assemble for rehearsals and still putting together a very professional show. Cheers and let’s continue to sing along despite any challenges.”
“I was so impressed with how Boston City Singers adapted to the pandemic!! My son had SUCH a good experience this year and is so excited about next year!!”