History & Achievements
Boston City Singers was founded in 1995 as a Dorchester-based satellite division of Youth pro Musica to provide outstanding music training opportunities to low and moderate-income inner-city youth in the communities in which they live. Boston City Singers became a separate non-profit agency in July 2003, with its own Board of Directors, Board of Advisors, staff, volunteers and budget. The organization has grown to serve over 500 singers of which the vast majority live in metro-Boston’s urban neighborhoods with nearly 60% requiring scholarships to participate.
REASONS TO CELEBRATE!
- Over our decades-long history, 100% of graduates have received college placement and 96% have graduated “on time,” including Harvard (6), Boston University (5), USAFA, West Point, Oxford, Stanford, University of Michigan, and UMass. Five graduates have earned Posse Foundation Scholars (full-tuition scholarships). Sixteen of our graduates have been Posse finalists.
- Recent alumni graduated from Wesleyan University, UMass Lowell, Centre, Union, Emmanuel, Stonehill Colleges and UMass Medical School.
- Our college graduates are teachers, engineers, performing musicians, music therapists, recording engineers, medical and marketing professionals and actors.
- Six college graduate alumni have served on our Board of Directors.
- Selected as the lead international chorus for the Croatia International Choral Festival in July 2019, and the Monte Caseros Choral Festival, Argentina in August 2013, and a 2014, 2015 and 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Finalist.
- Honored to perform at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Red Sox and Celtics games, Boston’s State of the City address, the Governor’s Holiday Celebration at the State House and at numerous holiday ceremonies.
- Finalist - WGBH’s program “Sing That Thing,” 2015.
- Selected as the only local youth chorus to perform at the 2014 American Guild of Organists National Convention, 2015 Chorus America National Conference and 2016 American Choral Directors Association).
- Featured in Boston Pops, performing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” season opener 2012.
- Performed in Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking”, Janáček’s “Cunning Little Vixen,” Benjamin Britten’s “Noye’s Fludde,” Korngold’s “Die tote Stadt” and The Boston Camerata’s “Play of Daniel, ” Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” and “Mass.”