TEDxBoston 2012

Boston Children's Chorus

Social Change Through Music

The Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) is an innovative arts education organization that unites area children ages 7-18 across differences of race, religion and socioeconomic status. Here they discover the power of singing, and transcend social barriers in a celebration of shared humanity and love of music. Through intensive choral training and unsurpassed performing experiences locally, nationally and around the world, the BCC enhances the 21st century education and social development of youth as musicians, productive citizens and future leaders. Young people from underserved, lower-income urban and suburban households are often the unassuming leaders who need help in finding their voices. BCC is a proven, life-changing outlet for their voices to be empowered and heard. Beginning with only 20 children in a pilot training program, today the BCC serves nearly 450 singers in eleven choirs in five Boston locations.

 

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Biography

Called Boston’s “Ambassadors of Harmony” by the Boston Globe, the Boston Children’s Chorus presents 50 performances per season in a wide range of public and private events across the city of Boston and beyond. These performances have included the nationally televised Boston Pops Fourth of July Celebration; tours to Mexico, Japan, Chicago, Oregon, Philadelphia, Washington DC and the United Kingdom; a two-week cultural diplomacy tour to the middle east country of Jordan at the invitation of HM King Abdullah II; collaborations with nationally-renowned ensembles such as Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Emmanuel Music, American Boychoir, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, Soweto Gospel Choir, Chicago Children’s Choir and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City; singing the National Anthem for opening home games of the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox; performances for royalty such as HRM Princess Caroline, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and HM King Abdullah II of Jordan; plus appearances at local shelters, senior housing and religious institutions. In 2010, BCC’s singers received widespread critical acclaim from their prominent appearances in Opera Boston’s world-premier production of Madame White Snake. As a result, BCC was invited to travel to the Beijing Music Festival for the Asian premier. Additionally, BCC has appeared on local and national television and radio broadcasts, including ABC’s Good Morning America, ABC World News  with Diane Sawyer, WBUR’s Here & Now, NPR’s Morning Edition and From The Top, and Urban Update on WBZ-TV.

BCC’s signature event, the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert, has been televised live on WCVB-TV Channel 5 (ABC) and syndicated nationally to millions of viewers across the U.S. This concert has quickly become a New England tradition. The 2009 program received a prestigious Gabriel Award, recognizing it as the best local artistic, creative and inspirational media presentation. Other national recognition BCC has received includes the 2011 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America and, also in 2011, selection as a Finalist for a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

For more information, visit:  Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC)

 

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