Mission, Vision & Goals


Our mission is to provide the highest level of musical training and wide ranging performance opportunities to young people ages 4-18, inspire personal development, celebrate diversity and foster good will.


Our vision is to transform the lives of inner city young people one voice at a time, inspiring and developing each heart to live with compassion in a world of differences.

What We Do

As a nonprofit organization founded in 1995, Boston City Singers provides comprehensive sequential music instruction to over 500 young people annually in the inner-city neighborhood locations where they live and attend school. Our programs seek to make up for the lack of choral arts training provided during regular school hours thereby enhancing each singers’ educational capabilities and experiences.

Weekly singing classes and chorus rehearsals are designed to provide singers with well-balanced sequential music instruction coupled with performance, youth development, cultural exploration, leadership training and community service components. Singers, grouped by age and level, develop progressive mastery of skills with children from backgrounds different than their own, engaging hearts and minds during the critical after-school hours. Emphasis is placed on personal discipline, teamwork and group cooperation. Through ongoing mentor relationships with older youth and teachers who share common interests, singers are connected to a strong and supportive community.


Young singers learn and perform a dynamic, distinctive and challenging repertoire, supporting the Boston community’s rich artistic diversity by performing in a variety of settings and for diverse audiences. We also foster new repertoire, commissioning, performing and publishing music of distinction. Through outstanding music education and vocal instruction, excellence in performance, and serving the community through song, chorus members experience the joys of singing, teamwork and leadership, musical skill and artistic expression, which foster self-growth and enhance their entire lives.

Boston City Singers performs music from many ages and cultures, while learning music concepts (melody, rhythm, harmony, timbre, dynamics, form, style, and performance practice) and musical skills (theory & sight-reading). Vocal technique and musical literacy are taught using a variety of approaches, including Kodály methodology and music literacy homework.

How we're unique

  • The number of underserved youth in our programs who live in the urban neighborhoods of Boston

  • Our strategic locations in areas where arts education is lacking

  • Our low organizational overhead (we don’t maintain an office, preferring to use our funding in direct support of children we serve)

  • Our emphasis on youth development, with such programs as Peer Leadership, Global Voices, Sing for Good and College Bound

  • 100% Boston City Singers graduates attend four-year colleges, and 96% are scheduled to graduate "on time."

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