Achievements

Named Boston’s “Ambassadors of Harmony” by the Boston Globe, BCC presents over 50 performances per season in a wide range of public and private events across the city of Boston and beyond.   Among our proudest moments are:

  • Recipient of the 2015 Brazeal Wayne Dennard Award from Chorus America, recognizing BCC’s commitment to diversity, inclusiveness and furthering African-American choral traditions.
  • Winner of the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, distinguishing BCC as one of the top arts and humanities-based programs in the nation; BCC accepted the award from First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.
  • Winner of the 2013 ArtsFwd Business Unusual National Challenge from EmcArts, Inc, supporting big ideas and the necessary tools to take on adaptive challenges around anti-bias and empathy training.
  • Recipient of the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Young Leadership Award from Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries.
  • Recipient of the 2011 Margaret Hillis Award by Chorus America, recognizing BCC for artistic and organizational excellence and a commitment to outreach, education, and/or culturally diverse activities.
  • BCC singers were invited by City officials to use their voices for healing following the April 2013 Marathon tragedy, including the City-wide Interfaith Service, as well as the One Year Remembrance Tribute attended by victims’ families, survivors, and national, state and city leaders like President Obama, Vice President Biden, Governor Patrick, and Mayors Menino and Walsh.
  • BCC opened the 2014 TEDx Boston conference held at the historic Great Hall at Faneuil Hall showcasing rarely sung verses of Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land," the critical response to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America".
  • At the 2012 TedX Boston, singers presented two songs and Artistic Director Anthony Trecek-King presented a personal story conveying his and BCC’s philosophy of how children should be treated and the kind of world BCC strives to create.
  • BCC is the first youth chorus in the country to have a live, primetime televised concert on Dr. King’s Holiday. We are proud that our signature event, the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert, was televised live on WCVB-TV Channel 5 (ABC) 2006-2011 and was syndicated nationally 2009-2011 to millions of viewers across the U.S. While no longer televised, we continue to present a brand new program each year and proud that it has become a tradition for celebrating the King Holiday.
  • The 2009 Martin Luther King, Jr. television program received a prestigious Gabriel Award, nationally recognizing it as the best local artistic, creative and inspirational media presentation.
  • BCC singers invited to perform at the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, whose programs inspire the next generation of young leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities. The dedication was attended by national, state and city leaders, including President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senators Warren and Markey, Governor Baker, and Mayor Walsh.
  • To date, hundreds of singers have traveled the world with BCC. International cultural exchange tours completed include Japan, Mexico, Jordan, England, Scotland, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Czech Republic and Germany.
  • Invited as featured performers on the national public radio program “From the Top” in 2009; partnered with “From the Top” to co-produce a nationally broadcast MLK radio special in 2010. Only the best young classical musicians in the country are invited on “From the Top.”
  • BCC Founder Hubie Jones was awarded a Purpose Prize in 2010; Hubie was one of ten winners out of a pool of 1,400 nominees nationwide. BCC Executive Director David Howse recognized with a 2010 Boston Business Journal “40 Under 40” Award, which annually honors Boston’s best and brightest young executives.
  • Premier Choir 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.
  • Invitations to sing at the Boston Pops Fourth of July Celebration, the Inauguration of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Boston Pops programs at Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood, and events for royalty such as HH Princess Caroline, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Rwandan President Kagame and HM King Abdullah II of Jordan.
  • Accepted by competitive application to sing at the American Choral Directors Conference (Eastern Division) in Philadelphia; singing at a regional convention is a rare opportunity for anyone, and the fact that BCC was accepted on our first application is a true achievement.
  • BCC convened and participated in a collaborative children’s choir that performed before more than 20,000 delegates at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
  • Chosen as a 2004 Social Innovator by the Social Innovation Forum, an initiative of Root Cause.
  • In 2010, BCC received its first grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Called Boston’s “Ambassadors of Harmony” by the Boston Globe.