New England Conservatory’s Only Student From Africa Reflects On Finding And Preserving Her Voice

Masilo

By Andrea Shea, WBUR, May 21, 2021https://www.wbur.org/artery/2021/05/21/new-england-conservatory-graduation-south-africa-naledi-masilo Singing in South African languages connects Naledi Masilo to who she is and where she comes from. Since she was a kid in Johannesburg, the vocalist dreamed of studying in the U.S. but her family didn’t have the money. When she eventually won a scholarship three years ago…

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Making Wexford

Making Wexford

Video Work Brings Singers Together  By Nicole S. Colson Conductor Matthew Leese had done such great work on a virtual concert featuring three international choirs during the summer, he was asked to create another such event this past fall. Leese, conductor, baritone and director of the Keene State College Vocal Consort and Concert Choir and…

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For teens, summer music courses centered on social justice and healing

Boston Globe, June 30, 2020By Zoë Madonna Globe Staff In a typical year, Boston City Singers either goes on hiatus or goes on tour during the summer months before starting a new season in the fall. But no one could call this a typical year, and the Dorchester-based music education program for school-age singers has pivoted from…

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Singing from a Distance

BCS in the Sun Sentinel

The Keene Sentinel, Aug 20, 2020By Nicole S. Colson If you close your eyes, you’d think you were sitting in a concert hall, listening to a large choir singing a beautiful and tender song, voices rising and falling, in perfect synch with each other. But these voices in question are not only virtual, they’re from…

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Boston City Singers, Yuki Futami Jazz Trio at Union Church in Waban

BOSTON (April 2, 2019)— Boston City Singers Tour Choir will be performing with renowned jazz pianist Yuki Futami and his ensemble on Sunday, April 7, 3:00 p.m., at The Union Church in Waban, 14 Collins Rd., Waban. Featuring the voices of 35 middle and high school students from the Greater Boston area, the youth choir…

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Celebrity Series presents free concerts in Dot, South End

By Madeleine D’Angelo, Reporter CorrespondentThe Dorchester Reporter,  December 5, 2018 A month-long series of free concerts in Dorchester and the South End kicked off last weekend and will continue through the month of December through the Celebrity Series of Boston. On Sunday, Dec. 8, composer Shaw Pong Liu will bring her group Code Listen 3.0…

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MERRY MUSIC: Celebrity Series performances celebrate the season

By Jody FeinbergThe Patriot Ledger, November 28, 2018  Whatever your religious beliefs, the holiday season is about finding light in a time of darkness, hope during periods of despair, peace amidst violence. And that seems more possible when singers and musicians voice these visions. During three Celebrity Series concerts in December, these universal desires will…

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Highlights: Mandela Centenary Celebration

South Africa Partners, June 20, 2018 On Sunday, June 17, 2018, South Africa Partners and the JFK Library Foundation hosted an open discussion with South African activists Max and Elinor Sisulu at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum to honor Nelson Mandela’s Centenary. The event celebrated Mandela’s uniting leadership and reflected on its relevance today for…

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First Fenway Porchfest Set for Tomorrow

BU Today, June 15, 2018By Sarah Wells (COM’18) It all started with a group of neighbors and a ukulele in Ithaca, N.Y., back in 2007. About 20 local musicians gathered on front porches to bring the community together through live music. What they didn’t know then: that first Porchfest would spread to local communities across…

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Boston City Singers Awarded $100,000

Dorchester Nonprofit Receives Cummings Foundation Grant BOSTON (May 31)—Boston City Singers is one of 100 local nonprofit organizations to receive a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation’s $100K for 100program. As a Dorchester-based organization, we were chosen during a competitive review process from a total of 597 applications. The grant will be paid over four years. Founded…

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