Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church
1555 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge Wednesday and Thursday, June 25 and 26, 2:00 PM
Boston City Singers
Boston City Singers—training and inspiring the musician, student, and ambassador in each child—develops progressive mastery of skills for five hundred children from many backgrounds, engaging hearts and minds during the critical after-school hours. Weekly singing classes and chorus rehearsals for young people ages four through eighteen ensure students receive well-balanced sequential music instruction coupled with performance, youth development, cultural exploration, leadership training, and community service. Emphasis is placed on personal discipline, teamwork, and group cooperation, supported by strong mentorship. One hundred percent of graduates have been accepted to four-year colleges. No child is ever excluded because of a family’s inability to pay tuition; more than seventy percent of the young singers receive financial assistance.
Programs are held throughout metro-Boston, in Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, and Cambridge; they include Kodály singing classes, training choruses, and three divisions of intensive programming for teens. More than one hundred singers ages eleven to eighteen also receive small-group voice lessons, SAT prep, language studies, audition coaching, and dance classes. Boston City Singers collaborates with a wide range of organizations, including Boston Opera Collaborative, The Boston Pops, Jo-Me Dance, Zamir Chorale, Life is good, collegiate and conservatory choruses, and a variety of Broadway productions and rock bands. Parishes including All Saints, Ashmont; Trinity Church, Boston; St. Andrew’s, Wellesley; and St. Cecilia Church, Boston all support the organization’s work in innovative ways.
Said a recent adjudicator, “Boston City Singers is outstanding…radiating confidence and pride. I love the repertoire, which is always bold and innovative! Brava!”
Jane E. Money
Founder, Artistic and Education Director
Jane E. Money co-founded Boston City Singers in 1995, as the first division of Youth pro Musica, with twenty-five young singers. After eight years of growth, Boston City Singers became an independent nonprofit organization with headquarters in the heart of Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, and now has a membership of more than five hundred singers ages four to eighteen. Extending well beyond the traditional concept of a community youth chorus, she has worked with a team of skilled artists and youth development experts to develop a program rich in offerings, designed to engage and retain the young people of Boston’s inner-city communities; many students participate in Boston City Singers for six to twelve years. A frequent workshop presenter and adjudicator, she is particularly interested in the long-term opportunities and outcomes obtained through striving for excellence in an El Sistema model.
Ms. Money holds master’s degrees in music from Auckland University in New Zealand, in music education from Trinity College of Music in London, and in engineering from Boston University. As an engineer and project manager, she has brought a wide range of skills to manage the growth of an emerging nonprofit.