Singing has never been more vital than it is now. As schools and communities plan for virtual and physically distant operations this fall, Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) is proud to share a free, two-month online choral program, filled with innovative and inclusive lessons. BCC’s online choral program will be geared to singers in grades 3-5. Lessons will include engaging warms ups, stimulating aural training, and thematically focused repertoire rehearsal. In addition to energizing vocal instruction, singers will participate in reflection and discourse that affirms their personal identities as well as those of their peers. Repertoire will be selected in line with our season theme, Waves of Change, described below. The program will culminate in the production of a virtual choir project, celebrating singers’ individual and collective vocal growth.
BCC’s in-school choral program will feature a seven-sessions, once a week, during the school day (8:00 am – 3:00 pm). BCC staff will work with partnering schools to solidify a recurring meeting schedule that works best for your school community. The seventh session will include a community watch party for the virtual choir project. Each session will run from 30-45 minutes and singers will be given homework materials to sharpen their skills.
Key Content and Outcomes
BCC’s in-school choral program will end with key outcomes for singers and the school community:
Virtual Choir Projects: singers will individually record themselves and BCC staff will compile each solo performance to a virtual choir video recording, hosted on BCC’s Youtube channel.
Journal Entries: Singers will engage in activities that affirm identity and belonging, and will be invited to keep journal entries, detailing their reflections.
Aural Training and Audio Resources: Singers will engage in weekly aural training and sight-reading activities. They will have resources to practice their skills outside of the session.
Long-term Performance Opportunity: Partnering school choirs will be invited to join BCC’s finale concert in May 2021, contingent on COVID-19.