BCC builds relationships with leading professional artists and scholars in the field of music and music education. These leaders interact with and work with BCC singers and the Boston community providing enrichment opportunities.
Visiting conductors have led BCC singers in performances at major venues including The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Boston Symphony Hall. Past visiting conductors include:
- Maria Guinand, Schola Cantorum de Venezuela and the Cantoría Alberto Grau, 2011
- Simon Halsey, Berlin Radio Choir and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus, 2012
- Julian Wachner, Trinity Wall Street, 2015
- Dr. Rosephanye Dunn Powell, Auburn University, 2016
- Dr. Lynnel Joy Jenkins, Princeton Girlchoir, 2019
- Alysia Lee, Sister Cities Girlchoir, 2022
Master music educators have presented workshops that improve pedagogy and develop a deeper understanding of music education and music literacy through choral singing. Past master educators include:
- Dr. Mary Ellen Junda, University of Connecticut, 2009
- Dr. Judy Bowers, The Florida State University, 2010
- Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, American Boy Choir, 2011
- Dr. Lynnel Joy Jenkins, Princeton Girlchoir, 2012
- Henry Leck, Indianapolis Children's Choir, 2013
- Dr. Rollo Dilworth, Temple University, 2014
- Dr. Susan Brumfield, Texas Tech University, 2015
- Jane Wilburn Sapp, musician and cultural worker, 2016
- Jim Papoulis, composer and conductor, 2017
- Dr. Andrea Ramsey, composer, and conductor, 2018
Visiting composers build a relationship with the Boston Children’s Chorus and the Boston area community in presenting new compositions and workshops that help in developing an appreciation for music and growing the choral cannon. Past visiting composers include:
William (Bill) C. Banfield, professor of Africana Studies/ Music and Society, director of Africana Studies programs, Berklee College of Music, commissioned a piece for our 3rd Annual Professional Development Day Concert showcasing songs and stories from around the world. “This is my story. This is my song.” These words, made familiar to many through an 1873 hymn, state it simply: singing is a powerful channel for storytelling, as music and text unite in portraying images and emotions.
Daniel Roumain and Marc Bamuthi Joseph, 2013. The Boston Children's Chorus (BCC) has co-commissioned a piece by Daniel Roumain in partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Roumain worked with librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph and choreographer Amy Seiwert to create this new work for children's chorus and dance.
Stephen Feigenbaum, Composer. Boston Children’s Chorus has enjoyed a long relationship with Stephen. He’s composed and arranged many works for our choirs.
Since 2019, Boston Children’s Chorus has been developing an exciting commissioning project called Opus Nuovo, with the goal of creating new choral works representative of our community and championing the work of composers outside of the eurocentric western canon. We look forward to continuing this important work in each future season of BCC—creating a choral canon that is truly reflective of our singers and our diverse communities.
- Sydney Guillaume, 2021
- Layth Sidiq, 2021
- Omar Sharyar, 2021
- Jazzmeia Horn, 2021
- Dr. Jorge Sosa, 2022
- Suad Bushnaq, 2022
Opus Nuovo is supported in part by a grant from Choral Arts New England & TD Charitable Foundation.
- Patti Austin, 2011
- Kyle and Christopher Massey, 2011
- Melinda Doolittle, 2012 & 2013
- Cindy Blackman Santana, 2013
- Leslie Odom, Jr., 2014
- Dom Flemons, 2015
- Roomful of Teeth, 2016
- Nik Walker, 2017
- Melinda Doolittle, 2019
- Andrea Baker, 2020
- Keb' Mo', 2020
- Roman Banks, 2021
- E. Faye Butler, 2021
- Rev. Willie Bodrick, II, 2022
- Renese King, 2022
- Zakiyyah Sutton, 2022-2023
- Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, 2023
- Mayor Michelle Wu, 2023