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:

PERFORMANCES

 

  • In 2019, BCC singers performed twice with Hugh Jackman at TD Garden for his world tour: The Man. The Music. The Tour.
  • In July of 2019, BCC’s Premier Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble toured to Australia with a culminating performance at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Gondwana World Choral Festival.
  • In the Summer of 2019, singers from Premier Choir and Concert Choir sang at Faneuil Hall for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in partnership with Suffrage 100MA.
  • In May of 2019, Melinda Doolittle joined Boston Children’s Chorus on the stage at the Boch Center: Wang Theatre for our season finale, Lift Every Voice.
  • In March of 2019, the Young Men’s Ensemble participated in Saengerfest: Brothers, Sing On! with singers from Natick High School and the Morehouse College Glee Club.
  • In 2019, BCC’s Premier Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble provided an original vocal tracking for the Movement Art Film, Funeral for America, directed by Jon Boogz.
  • In 2018, BCC’s Premier Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble had the honor of working with movement artists, Jon Boogz and Lil Buck in a collaborative performance of Have You Seen Me at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art.
  • Boston Children’s Chorus is honored to sing the National Anthem at the Red Sox each season, including in 2016 for the retirement ceremony of David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz.
  • 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, Germany, and Australia.
  • In 2015, BCC singers were 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.
  • 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.
  • In 2009, BCC singers were invited as featured performers on the national public radio program “From the Top”; 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.”
  • Premier Choir received widespread critical acclaim from their prominent appearances in Opera Boston’s world-premiere 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.
  • BCC convened and participated in a collaborative children’s choir that performed before more than 20,000 delegates at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.SPECIAL EVENTS

 

AWARDS

 

  • In 2020, it was announced that the album Fantastic Mr. Fox won a Grammy for Best Opera Recording. This recording featured the acclaimed Boston Modern Orchestra Project in collaboration with Odyssey Opera and Boston Children’s Chorus, under the baton of Gil Rose.
  • 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.
  • In 2010, BCC received its first grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • In 2010, BCC’s Executive Director David Howse was recognized with a 2010 Boston Business Journal “40 Under 40” Award, which annually honors Boston’s best and brightest young executives.
  • 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.
  • Chosen as a 2004 Social Innovator by the Social Innovation Forum, an initiative of Root Cause.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

  • ​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 was the first youth chorus in the country to have a live, prime-time 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 at Boston Symphony Hall and proud that it has become a tradition to many for celebrating the national holiday.