As the Artistic Director of the Boston Children's Chorus, Anthony Trecek-King has found a venue to share his passion for choral music with a new generation of musicians. Called "young and extremely talented" by Keith Lockhart, Mr. Trecek-King believes that excellent choral music can and should be enjoyed by everyone. During his short tenure at the Boston Children's Chorus, the choir has quickly earned a reputation as an ensemble of high musical excellence and received glowing reviews. The Boston Globe calls the choir "angelic and dazzling" while His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan heralds them as "superb." Federico Cortese from the New England String Ensemble lauds BCC as "one of the emerging forces in Boston music life." Under Mr. Trecek-King's leadership, the Boston Children's Chorus has performed with the Boston Pops under the direction of John Williams as well as under the direction of Keith Lockhart for the Fourth of July Celebration at the Esplanade. BCC's annually televised Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute concert has hosted the Chicago Children's Choir and the Young People's Chorus of New York City and has quickly become a tradition in New England for celebrating the holiday.
As a conductor, Mr. Trecek-King has earned international acclaim and has directed some of the world's greatest professional choral ensembles throughout Europe. He recently participated in both the Eric Ericson Masterclass in the Netherlands and the Eric Ericson Award, an international conducting competition, in Sweden. Mr. Trecek-King conducted Polifonija, a state chorus of Lithuania, on a national tour highlighting American music. He also spent a semester in residence at the Technische Universität Braunschweig in Germany as a guest conductor of the choir and orchestra. Under his direction, choirs have traveled to Denmark, Germany, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Canada, and Mexico, as well as across the United States. A versatile conductor with an orchestral background, Mr. Trecek-King has also led several orchestras, including the Omaha Symphony Orchestra. He is also active as a guest conductor and lecturer for academic institutions and professional organization conventions.
Under his leadership, the Boston Children's Chorus has established a unique music education curriculum that utilizes the best of European and American models. With the ultimate goal of fostering independently thinking musicians, students as young as seven develop skills that include sight-reading and ear training. An important component in the BCC Model is the development of leadership and life-skills training. Singers are encouraged to take ownership of their participation in the Chorus through activities that include mentoring, holding leadership positions within the choir structure, fundraising, giving and hosting workshops, and giving back to the community through charity work.
Born into an Air Force family from the South, Mr. Trecek-King spent most of his youth in North Dakota and Nebraska. He earned a Bachelor's in Cello Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Master's in Orchestral Conducting from Florida State University. Before joining the Boston Children's Chorus, Mr. Trecek-King was a Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Artistic Director of the Nebraska Choral Arts Society, Nebraska's oldest and largest community choral organization.