BCC Online

 

Boston Children’s Chorus is announcing our plan to be fully online for the Fall of 2020.

When we closed our doors at 20 Old Colony in March and moved to an online platform, we were in survival mode. We sought to maintain uninterrupted programming for our singers, and your commitment to us and to one another during this difficult time was deeply felt throughout our community.

We have taken the summer to reflect, adapt, and learn so that we can provide truly engaging and enriching content for all our singers and families. In our online programming, we are seeking to create that welcoming, familial space that is so uniquely BCC. Our musicianship training will be scaled up, singers in both upper and lower choirs will work with incredible composers and guest artists, and they will have several opportunities for unique performance experiences.

Below is an outline of the ways in which we will bring top-level programming into your homes this fall:

*What’s New!*

Performance Opportunities

Singers will have many, varied performance opportunities throughout the season. These opportunities include, but are not limited to, participation in professionally produced music videos, podcasts, and virtual performances. BCC singers will also have the opportunity to collaborate with prominent Boston organizations, including Friends of the Public Gardens, Museum of African American History, and the Mayor’s Office for Immigration Advancement. Our Advanced Intermediate choirs will also be participating in a Virtual Festival with Princeton Girls and Boys Choir, and the Children’s Chorus of Washington.

Rehearsal Structure

Conductors and Accompanists will stream each session from BCC HQ from fully equipped studios to provide the best audio and video streaming. Each choir will be divided into smaller cohorts to maximize their learning experience, provide an opportunity for more one-on-one interaction, and to help facilitate a meaningful social connection.

BCC Unwind

While our regularly scheduled Zoom sessions will focus on musical content, another fundamental BCC experience that we do not want to miss are the natural, social interactions and friendships built among singers. We are committed to making intentional space for social activities for singers, replicating activities that would be natural during regular in-person rehearsals and at our season opening retreats, including “get to know you” sessions as well as game nights. We believe that these fun sessions are especially crucial in an online environment and will encourage community building and connection between singers.

Opus Nuovo

We are excited to launch this commissioning project as a commitment to a diverse and inclusive approach to choral programming. Through this innovation, we are seeking to broaden the landscape of the choral repertoire for both student and professional choirs. Over the next three years, our singers will collaborate with ten global composers to facilitate the creation of a collection of new choral works which, aligned with BCC’s vision of cultural equity, represent a truly diverse spectrum of global musical styles and approaches. This fall, our upper choir singers will work with Jazzmeia Horn, Sydney Guillaume, and Layth Sidiq to produce three new works for the BCC Opus Nuovo composition initiative; Lower choir singers will collaborate with composer Omar Shahryar in a student-led songwriting project.

Returning Programs

Listen In


Community leaders and topic area experts are invited for a fire-side chat to share their lived experiences and perspectives on BCC’s season theme and current events. Some of this season’s Listen In speakers include Maureen Alphonse-Charles (Managing Director, Koya Leadership Partners); Amanda Fernandez (CEO, Latinos for Education); Yusufi Vali (Director, Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement); Carol León (Program Manager, Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement); and representatives from our Season Partner, Sociedad Latina, including Alexandra Oliver-Dávila (Executive Director, Sociedad Latina).

The Studio @ BCC

In the Spring, we launched this new, masterclass program as a commitment to creating wider access to private voice instruction and to developing strong musical leaders. This program will continue in the fall through our online programming as a series of one-on-one vocal coaching sessions. BCC will offer individual attention to members of its Upper Choirs as an attempt to even the artistic playing field among singers. Equity and access are vital for the empowerment of a diverse body of voices. Applications for the program will soon be available.

Join us for this Bold new season! Register your singer today. We can’t wait to sing with you again in September!

Thank you for joining us for our Waves of Change Q&A

To view the list of rehearsals, performances, and vacation dates see the season schedule below:

 

 

Schedules and Syllabi by Choir

Lower Choirs

Training Choir 1 (Tues) Schedule
Training Choir 1 (Tues) Syllabus
Training Choir 2 (Sat) Schedule
Training Choir 2 (Sat) Syllabus
Advanced Training Schedule
Advanced Training Syllabus
Intermediate Choir Schedule
Intermediate Choir Syllabus

Upper Choirs

Intermediate Advanced Choir Schedule
Intermediate Advanced  Choir Syllabus
Concert Choir Schedule
Concert Choir Syllabus
Young Men's Ensemble Schedule
Young Men's Ensemble Syllabus
Premier Choir Schedule
Premier Choir Syllabus

 
 
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Virtual Choir

 

At BCC, we believe in the power of music to connect communities. In this time of physical distancing, we see this power at work in our virtual meetings and lessons. Singers, alumni, and staff come together to perform our anthem, "We Sing" by Jim Papoulis for BCC's debut virtual choir.

 
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Listen In Speaker Series

 

Drawing inspiration from season, concert, and repertoire themes, community leaders will facilitate targeted social discussions and share highlights from their personal and professional journeys with upper choir singer

 
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