Guest Artists

 

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

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

Master Educators

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

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.  The Boston Children’s Chorus has enjoyed a long relationship with Stephen.  He’s composed and arranged many works for our choirs. 

The launch of Opus Nuovo signals BCC's commitment to a diverse and inclusive approach to choral programming that is truly representative of our community. Over the next three years, BCC singers will collaborate with world-class artists from a wide range of cultural backgrounds to compose and publish ten new works. In the 2020-2021 season, we will work with Sydney Guillaume, Layth Sidiq, and Jazzmeia Horn to produce the first three works of Opus Nuovo. Lower choir singers will collaborate with composer Omar Shahryar in a student-led songwriting project.

Guest Artists

  • 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