Social Justice

Social Justice Initiatives

Our social justice themes are selected by teen members and are reflected in our repertoire, performances, guest speakers, collaborators, workshops, volunteerism and family activities. They include:

  1. Addressing discrimination: especially the voices of children silenced by war, violence, migration, and race
  2. Respecting differences
  3. Giving and responding to deliberate acts of kindness

Kindness currently plays a major role in helping our community deal with the multitude of problems caused by the Corona-19 virus. Science has shown that repeated acts of kindness have a significantly positive impact on our mental and physical well-being. Our singers can attest to the fact that their deliberate acts of kindness (see video below) have lowered their rate of depression and improved their creativity.

By partnering with a variety of individuals and organizations, we bring depth to our social justice programming and context to our music-making.

Key Initiatives

Five key initiatives drive every aspect of Boston City Singers’ programming, decisions, and goals so all of our members can receive the benefits of our rigorous training. These are the organization’s guiding principles, that serve to define the impact Boston City Singers aims to achieve, from the local community to the global stage. Together, they explain why we are “more than just a choir.”

  • Sing for Good: Sharing the gift of music to support our community and motivate change
  • Teen Mentors and Peer Leaders: Inspiring the next generation of leaders
  • Chorus to College: Upholding high standards of academic achievement
  • On Stage: Developing personal skills through performance and collaboration
  • Global Voices: Encouraging cultural ambassadors for peace, harmony, and cooperation


Sit Down, Children - Regie Gibson, Boston City Singers, Guy Mendilow Ensemble
In the Name of Amadou Diallo - Boston City Singers and Muhammad Seven and the Spring
Make Them Hear You - Boston City Singers, from Ragtime

Social Justice is a concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society. It includes access to wealth, opportunities, and privileges.


Boston City Singers does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. Furthermore, Boston City Singers does not and shall not discriminate against Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) communities or those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Two spirit, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Ally, A-gender, Bi-gender, Gender Queer, Pansexual, Pangender, and Gender Variant. (LGBTQIA+).


These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.