Trotter School Talent Show, Jun. 3

Trotter SchoolThe students of the Trotter School (135 Humboldt Ave. Dorchester, MA 02121) invite the community of Dorchester to attend a night of music, dance, fun and food! Students and teachers will perform on Friday, June 3, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., to raise funds for a 5th grade graduation field trip. Your support and encouragement of our students is needed! Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Children 6-12 years old are $5.00, and Children under 6 are free. Home cooked food will be for sale at intermission. For more information, contact Kim Ngo at 617-635-8225.

If you cannot attend, please consider a donation to support families not able to afford the admission fee. Please make checks payable to: Trotter School, Attn: Kim Ngo, 135 Humboldt. Ave. Dorchester, MA 02121.

Boston City Singers Auditions, Jun. 4

Boston City SingersStand up and sing! The Boston City Singers will hold 2011 - 2012 School Year auditions for ages 4 - 17 on Saturday, June 4 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Auditions take place at All Saints Church, 209 Ashmont St., Dorchester, MA by Ashmont T Station. Boston City Singers' tuition-based training sessions take place in Dorchester and Jamaica Plain, after school and on Saturdays during the school year. For more information contact Melissa Graham (617 265-2700;

Boston City Singers teaches over 350 inspiring young singers in nine choruses. Most singers are boys and girls (ages 4-18) from Boston‘s underserved neighborhoods. The group accepts new k-12 students with varying musical abilities and offers sliding scale tuition. Over 80% of our members require substantial scholarship support to participate. Read more at

Boston Children's Chorus




617-778 2248


The Boston Children's Chorus harnesses the power and joy of music to unite our city's diverse communities and inspire social change. Our 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.


112 Shawmut Avenue, Suite 5B
Boston, MA 02118
United States
Key Partners: 

New England Conservatory (NEC), WCVB-TV Channel 5 (ABC), Boston Public Schools (BPS) Arts Office. A selection of choirs exist through partnership with the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center & Villa Victoria Center for the Arts (in collaboration with Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción). See here for many more collaborators.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

To join the chorus, you must fill out an application and audition:

  • Auditionees must be between the ages of 7 and 18 (must turn 7 years old by December 31)
  • No prior musicial training is necessary
  • A prepared piece is not required
  • Audition process is quick and simple (ten minutes!)
  • Placement will be determined on skills and maturity

To book the Boston Children’s Chorus for your organization’s next event or private function, please complete the following Book Us Form or contact:

Anthony Victoria
Manager of Programs
P 617-778-2242 x225
F 617-778 2248

Key Programs Offered: 

Our repertoire is unique among children’s choirs, as it includes an extraordinary range that spans across many different countries and music genres. Each performance is unique and the Artistic Director carefully crafts each program to suit the theme of the event. We offer performances consisting of Classical music, Folk music, Spirituals and World music.

Choral Activities/Music Education

BCC is developing a reputation for professional level performances and innovation in music education. The 40-plus annual performances are rooted in Boston but have national impact – particularly through our nationally televised Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert that has become a New England tradition.The music education program, most often recognized for a unique approach to diverse students of both urban and suburban backgrounds, levels the field of learning for singers with varying degrees of experience and leads all to achieve high levels of musicianship.

Artists and Scholars

BCC builds relationships with leading professional artists and scholars in the field of music and music education. These leaders interact and partner with BCC singers and the Boston community providing meaningful musical experiences. The 2010-2011 roster includes the following:

  • Composer in Residence: Bill Banfield, Berklee College of Music
  • Conductor in Residence: Maria Guinand, Schola Cantorum de Venezuela
  • Educator in Residence: Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, The American Boy Choir

Tours and Excursions

Tours provide our singers with first-rate performing opportunities within the U.S. and abroad. Through this travel and the specially-designed pre-tour education programs, singers’ lives are changed as they learn about foreign cultures, their histories, and from friendships across global boundaries. Recent travels include tours to Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North America.

Youth Development (Modulation)

BCC empowers youth to take ownership of their participation, assisting their development as independent and responsible learners, thinkers, musicians and citizens. The youth development program provides opportunities to develop skills that allow singers to develop their own voices through omni-directional mentoring, leadership development and through the building of networking, public speaking and communication skills. In addition, the singers become deeply engaged in the community through targeted community service projects.

Choirs include:

Premier Choir
Advanced singers ages 12-18. Our premier performing group offers a stimulating, comprehensive and demanding choral repertoire requiring advanced level of musical skill. The Premier Choir participates in local, national and international tours.

Young Men’s Ensemble

A special program to meet the unique needs of boys ages 10-18 with changing and changed voices.

Concert Choir

Singers ages 10-16 with advanced musical skills receive intensive training in music theory, music history and foreign languages; performances include regional tours.

Choral Union

A choir created in 2010 to provide intense vocal and theory training for older singers ages 12-18 who have a great interest and enthusiasm for singing, but not the formal musical training.

Central Intermediate Choir

Intermediate singers ages 10-14. This level requires individual attentiveness, vocal skills and theory comprehension while offering expanded repertoire and performance experiences.

Dorchester House Training Choir

A neighborhood-based choir for beginning-level singers ages 7-12, established in collaboration with Dorchester House, in Fields Corner.

Dorchester House Intermediate Choir

Intermediate level neighborhood-based choir established in collaboration with Dorchester House, in Fields Corner.

West End House Training Choir

A neighborhood-based choir for beginning-level singers ages 7-12, established in collaboration with the West End House in Allston-Brighton.

Central Training Choir

Beginning singers ages 7-12. This program develops music basics such as theory, interval training, rhythm and sight-singing techniques. Attention span and concentration are points of focus.

Villa Victoria Training Choir

A neighborhood-based choir for beginning-level singers ages 7-12, established in collaboration with Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), in Boston’s South End community.

In addition, Rapid Achievement Practice (RAP) is a required weekly half hour music education program specially designed for all levels of singers to help advance sight-reading and musicianship skills.

Breast Cancer Awareness Concert & Fundraiser, May 21

Gospel lovers, music patrons, cause seekers: the Bethel Baptist Choir, Gospel T's, Humble Worshippers, and Gospel Encouragers will perform at a Breast Cancer Awareness Concert on May 21. Concert begins at 6 p.m. and takes place at the Morning Star Baptist Church, 1257 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan. For more information, call the church at (617) 298-0278 or visit

Boston Children's Chorus Concert, May 22

The Boston Children's Chorus will hold their annual concert on Sunday, May 22, 2011, at 2 p.m. Concert is free and will take place at The Strand Theatre (543 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA 02125)!

The Boston Children's Chorus was founded in 2003 by Hubie Jones, a civic leader who for almost five decades had labored to address the social problems facing Boston's underserved children and communities. Today, over 350 singers represent over 50 of Boston's urban and suburban neighborhoods by participating in ten different choirs of four Boston locations: the South End, Allston-Brighton, downtown Boston and Dorchester. Read more on their website:

Dorchester Symphony Orchestra

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Dorchester Symphony Orchestra 112 King St. Dorchester, MA 02122




The mission of the Dorchester Symphony is to enrich the cultural life of the community by providing orchestral music of the highest quality and fostering the appreciation of classical music among its residents and young audiences. The DSO holds concerts in local concert halls, churches, schools, and parks.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Attend an event or

Key Programs Offered: 

In addition to concerts, the DSO will frequently present educational programs for Dorchester's young people. These events called "Meet The Orchestra" will introduce local children to classical music and hopefully inspire and encourage them to take up a musical instrument. At these sessions the children can meet the orchestra members, have a look at the instruments and see how they're played. We believe that playing an instrument is one of the more rewarding things a child can do and learning to play one will enrich their lives.

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Dorchester Symphony, Dorchester Orchestra


Boston City Singers - Inspiring Young Voices


Jane Money: (617) 825-0674 Melissa Graham (617) 265-2700

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Tuition-based training sessions for nine choruses take place in the Dorchester and Jamaica  Plain neighborhoods of Boston, MA.  
After school and on Saturdays during school year.
Offices are open all year around.


Boston City Singers provides comprehensive music training to children and youth in Boston’s inner city and neighboring communities. BCS believes that by exploring the world of singing, their singers develop stronger leadership and teamwork skills, experience the power of self-esteem and self-discipline, and enjoy the beauty of artistic expression.

Boston City Singers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Boston City Singers
17 Waldeck Street (office address only)
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
All Saints Church - Ashmont - Dorchester Rehearsal location
209 Ashmont Street
Dorchester, ME 02124
United States
Key Partners: 
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • Boston Cultural Council
  • Community Music Center of Boston
  • Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

For an auditions, training sessions and rehearsal schedules, please call Jane Money, Founder, Artistic and Education Director at 617-825-0674.

Please call Melissa Graham for tuition information, concert schedules, donations, sponsorships, to hire Boston City Singers to perform at your next event or administrative matters. 

Key Programs Offered: 


Kodály Singing Classes, Neighborhood Training Choruses, Concert Chorus II, and Concert Chorus. 


BCS inspires and trains the artist, student, and ambassador within each child!

Boston City Singers teaches over 350 inspiring young singers in nine choruses. Most BCS singers are boys and girls (ages 4-18) from Boston‘s underserved neighborhoods.  BCS accepts new k-12 students with varying musical abilities; offers a sliding scale tuition.  Over 80% of members require substantial scholarship support to participate. Boston City Singers uses a distinctive curriculum that trains children as young as four years old to learn to sing well. Each  singer progresses through several levels: Kodály Singing Class, Neighborhood Training Chorus, Concert Chorus II, and Concert Chorus. The singers learn about diverse communities and cultures by performing an extensive repertoire including gospel music, international folk music, opera, jazz, and medieval chant.


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