Under the direction of Artistic Director Anthony Trecek-King and Executive Director David Howse ’02 M.M., the Boston Children's Chorus (BCC) harnesses the power and joy of music to unite the city's diverse communities and inspire social change. Its singers transcend social barriers in a celebration of shared humanity and love of music. Through intensive choral training and high-profile public performance experience (locally, throughout the U.S. and around the world), they learn discipline, develop leadership skills, and proudly represent the city of Boston as ambassadors of harmony.
The Boston Children's Chorus (BCC) was founded by Hubie Jones, a civic leader who for almost five decades has labored to address the social problems facing Boston's underserved children and communities. In 2001, Mr. Jones experienced a breathtaking performance by the nationally renowned Chicago Children's Choir, and returned to Boston determined to replicate this innovative program, as there were no organizations in Boston that effectively combined a mission for artistic excellence with an agenda for social change. He gathered the support of civic leaders and, after a year of planning and pilot projects, the Boston Children's Chorus was launched in October of 2003.
Since the BCC's inception, its programs have grown rapidly. Twenty children were accepted into an initial pilot program, and in the 2013-14 season, there were almost 500 singers representing over 50 of Boston's urban and suburban neighborhoods participating in twelve different choirs in five Boston locations: the South End, Allston-Brighton, South Boston and Dorchester.
Among the highlights of every season are the annual Martin Luther King Jr. birthday concerts held in NEC’s Jordan Hall.
The 2012 - 2013 season represented 10 Years of Harmony for BCC where the chorus had its biggest sell-out concert at the annual Holiday Celebration at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. In more tragic circumstances BCC returned to perform at that venue for the Interfaith Service in April 2013 attended by President and Mrs. Obama, an event memorializing those who died and honoring those who were injured or were first responders in the Boston Marathon bombings. The season rounded off with a World Premiere performance at the Institute of Contemporary Art, a quick visit to Australia and a tour of Southeast Asia.
NEC and BCC
New England Conservatory is the lead artistic partner of the Boston Children’s Chorus. Through this partnership, BCC and NEC explore opportunities for joint research projects and support one another’s artistic and musical endeavors in a variety of ways, including the potential of current and former NEC students serving as fellows to the BCC. The fellows gain hands-on teaching and conducting experience as they assist in carrying out BCC’s instructional and performance programs.