In celebration of our 15th anniversary season, BCC is thrilled to announce a new summer program! BCC SUMMER will expand your child’s horizons musically, culturally, and artistically. Weekly excursions will round out themes of environmental justice, social justice, and multiculturalism. Each week, fantastic choral clinicians and guest musicians lead different programs with the help of dedicated summer teaching fellows. In addition to singing, children will craft, dance, drum, and more! All of these wonderful activities culminate in a Friday evening performance - open to the public.
Ages: 7 - 12 (2nd - 6th grade)
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Concert on Friday at 6 p.m.!
All experience levels welcome! Registrants do not need to be members of BCC to register for BCC SUMMER.
NB: Lunch needs to be packed every day (BCC SUMMER will provide healthy, allergen-free snacks twice daily).
REGISTER BY THE WEEK!
Our summer program is designed for young singers to register for weeks at a time, whether for one week or for all six! We will sing different music every week and explore it with an interdisciplinary curriculum true to the BCC process our families have come to know and love.
Week 1: July 23 - 27 with Robbie Jacobs
Week 2: July 30 - August 3 with Irene Idicheria
Week 3: August 6 - 10 with Trey Pratt
Week 4: August 13 - 17 with John Martha-Reynolds
Week 5: August 20 - 24 with Jason Holmes
Week 6: August 27 - 31 with Sophia Papoulis
20 Old Colony Avenue (2nd Floor)
Boston, MA 02127
SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE
7:30-8:45 a.m.: Early Drop-off
9:30-10:15: Choral Rehearsal 1
10:15-10:30: Musicianship Lesson 1
10:45-11:15: Breakout Session 1
11:15-11:45: Choral Rehearsal 2
11:45-Noon: Musicianship Lesson 2
12:45-1:15: Social Activity
1:15-2: Choral Rehearsal 3
2-2:45: Breakout Session 2
3-3:15: Musicianship Lesson 3
3:15-3:40: Breakout Session 3
3:40-4: Choral Rehearsal 4
4:15-6 p.m.: Late Pick-up
WHAT YOUR CHILD WILL LEARN
At BCC, our learning outcomes are both musical and extramusical. Your young singer will develop musical skills toward further success at school and at BCC; they will learn to have agency over their singing voice, become more familiar with solfege (do, re, mi - like The Sound of Music), and learn to read and execute rhythmic patterns. Most importantly, your child will embody these topics through rehearsal, activities, games, and performance!
BCC teaches beyond rote musical concepts, connecting the sung material directly to your child’s understanding of their world. Visual arts, conversations, excursions, and of course our music, will expose new understanding of environmental justice, social justice, and various cultures. What is environmental justice? Why do we sing into social justice? How are various cultures experienced in song? These are among the many questions we ask this summer in our music, in our friendships, and in our fun!
Breakout Session topics include arts & crafts, community service, dance/movement, drama, drumming, excursions, musicianship (learning the language of music), outdoor games & sports, and of course… more singing!
Week 1 (July 23 - 27)
with Robbie Jacobs
Robbie Jacobs studied music at King’s College, Cambridge, where he was the senior choral scholar, and holds a Masters in Choral Conducting from the Royal Academy of Music. He is the Co-Artistic Director of contemporary vocal ensemble, Reverie, and has held positions as Acting Artistic Director of the London Youth Choir, Chorus Master of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Musical Director of The Resonance Project, and a lecturer in Choral Skills at the Royal Academy of Music. Robbie was the inaugural conducting scholar for Genesis Sixteen, where he studied with Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan. As an educator, Robbie has worked extensively in the UK, with the Royal Opera House, the Three Choirs Festival, The Rosehill Theatre, and the Ledbury Poetry Festival, and is an ambassador for the Teach First program. He is currently the Associate Director of Choirs for the Boston Children's Chorus.
Week 2 (July 30 - August 3)
with Irene Idicheria
Irene Idicheria's extensive experience in working with young, unchanged voices has been showcased through sessions at professional conferences, in her role as an instructor for the Boston Conservatory's music education program, and as a guest lecturer for the undergraduate music education program at Gordon College.
Idicheria is an editor for the Urban Issues section of the Massachusetts Music Educator's Journal, and served on the board for the Massachusetts Music Educator's Association from 2015-2017. Prior to joining the MMEA board, she served as the Managing Chair for the first Massachusetts All-State Treble Chorus from 2014-2016. She currently sits on the board of the Urban Music Leadership Conference.
A proud music educator of the Lawrence Public Schools, Idicheria taught general music and chorus at the Guilmette Elementary for eight years. She is now the LPS District Facilitator of Music Programs and conducts the Wetherbee Middle School Choir. Most recently, she also conducted the 2017 Rhode Island All-State Elementary Choir. Idicheria was on the artistic staff of the Boston Children's chorus for five years, directing two of the organization's Training Choirs, and she is thrilled to return for the summer program!
Born and raised in India, Idicheria moved to the United States to earn a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Gordon College. Idicheria holds a Master of Music Education from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, where she also completed her Kodály certification.
Week 3 (August 6 - 10)
with Trey Pratt
Trey is a singer, conductor, and music educator based in Boston, MA. Passionate about community and spiritual advancement through song, he aligns himself with organizations and artists that attempt to broaden and diversify the reach of choral music and ensemble singing. As Assistant Director of Choirs at Endicott College, he directs Constellation (an interfaith music ensemble) and Bassline, is Assistant Director of the Endicott Singers, and maintains a private voice studio. His other appointments include Lecturer in Boston University’s Prison Education Program, Assistant Director and Artistic Assistant at Boston Children's Chorus where he works with the Young Mens Ensemble, and Music Director of JourneySongs, a Newton based hospice choir. As a tenor, his primary affiliations are Sourcework, a manuscript ensemble, and Voices21C, a chamber choir who seeks to combine high technical proficiency with creativity and compassion. His professional affiliations include serving as Vice President of Choristers Guild Boston and Service Choir R&R Chair of MassACDA. He maintains membership in American Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the International Society for Music Education. A native of Dallas, TX, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music (voice) from Southern Methodist University and his Masters of Sacred Music at Boston University (choral conducting).
Week 4 (August 13 - 17)
with John Martha-Reynolds
John Martha-Reynolds, Conductor for the Boston Children’s Chorus, has been with the BCC for ten years. Currently, John conducts the Dorchester Advanced Training Choir, the Dorchester Intermediate Choir, and the Junior Men's Ensemble. In addition to his responsibilities at the BCC, John is a music teacher for the Cambridge Public Schools. In the summer of 2013, he piloted a Kodály inspired program at the Tobin Montessori School. Since its implementation, John has created a comprehensive program that focuses on student engagement and draws from students’ diverse backgrounds to inform repertoire selection and curriculum development. He currently teaches K-2 general music.
John is an active educator, performer, and clinician: As an educator, he has taught in various public schools, after-school music institutions, children’s choruses, and several community center teen leadership programs. As a clinician, John has presented at the state and national level for NAfME, ACDA, and OAKE. A versatile performer, John is a chorister with Coro Allegro, Boston's LGBTQ+ and allied classical chorus, and has performed with Opera Cleveland, Opera Providence, and Boston Opera Collaborative.
John holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Baldwin Wallace University, formerly Baldwin-Wallace College, Conservatory of Music. In the summer of 2017, John returned to his undergraduate alma mater to complete Level I of Orff-Schulwerk. He is a Kodály certified educator, having completed all three levels of Kodály certification at New England Conservatory and has received additional performance training from the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS), Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center, and the Franco-American Vocal Academy (FAVA).
Week 5 (August 20 - 24)
with Jason Holmes
Jason Alexander Holmes has been a successful vocal and general music teacher-conductor at the elementary, secondary, and collegiate levels. Jason has also served as conductor, music director, and keyboardist for numerous school, amateur, and professional productions. Favorites include: Benjamin Britten's War Requiem (children's chorus conductor, Eastman School of Music), The Addam's Family (conductor, Rochester School of the Arts), Calamari Sisters (music director, studio pianist), and The Underground Railroad with soprano Kathleen Battle (chorus director, Rochester Festival Chorus). Jason is the chorus master Finger Lakes Opera and is on the faculty of the Geva Theatre Summer Academy. As a bass-baritone, Jason has performed in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (soloist), Handel's Messiah (soloist), Gershwin's Porgy and Bess (Porgy), and Jason Robert Brown's Parade (Newt/Riley/Jim). Jason is a proud graduate of the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY) and Ithaca College.
Week 6 (August 27 - 31)
with Sophia Papoulis
Sophia Papoulis served the Boston Children's Chorus 2015 to 2017 as Assistant Director of Choirs, conducting beginning and intermediate level choirs. In addition to her role as a conductor, Sophia oversees the eight choirs of the lower division, leads the recruitment efforts of the organization at-large, and manages a study group of music educators, serving as a liaison to the Boston Public Schools.
A firm believer in the power of music to inspire change, growth, and joy, Sophia also serves as Conductor and Creative Director for the Foundation for Small Voices (FSV), a not-for-profit organization whose mission seeks to empower children from all walks of life through music. She created and directs FSV's "Small Voices of Hope" project, bringing a choral experience to children in Boston's public schools who may otherwise be exposed to limited or no music education. Sophia guest-conducts regional and all-state choruses; adjudicates; guest-lectures in music education and conducting; and gives workshops throughout the US and abroad.
For seven years, Sophia served as a conductor for the Young People's Chorus of New York City, directing choruses in its core after-school program and teaching within its Satellite School program in NYC public schools. She has conducted at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the 92nd Street Y, and Symphony Space, in addition to a number of venues throughout NYC. Sophia has prepared choruses for national radio and television appearances, recording sessions, collaborative performances with such artists as Meredith Monk and the Kronos Quartet, and for performances throughout North America, Asia, Europe, and South America.