On the heels of announcing a new website, we are excited to announce new leadership at BCC. In addition to celebrating his 10th anniversary with BCC, Dr. Anthony Trecek-King was appointed BCC's President in addition to Artistic Director.  Board Chairman Tim Ferguson said, "The organization is in good hands with Anthony leading the artistic and social justice vision. He knows how critical the work of reducing prejudice is in our community and that music is one of the most creative and impactful ways to tackle these issues."  Anthony will lead the organization's artistic and strategic vision along with a new managing director, Celeste Wilson.  

Celeste was the founding Executive Director of the Arts and Business Council and most recently has been a consultant to a number of local organizations. Tim adds, "We are thrilled to have Celeste join the BCC team. She knows the Boston community well and will work with Anthony in his new role to increase BCC's impact on our singers, families and community."

We hope you can join us as we celebrate this new milestone in BCC's life on Tuesday, November 17 at a celebration at BCC's office.

If you can't attend we hope you appreciate this month's eNews in which we celebrate "ATK's" 10 years with BCC with alumni reflections.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

6:00 to 7:30pm Mingling & Refreshments
6:30pm Performance & Remarks

BCC Central
112 Shawmut Avenue, Boston

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Concert Choir traveled to Portland, Maine in October to perform with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. They were part of 300 musicians that performed Berlioz's Te Deum. In addition to singing with professional musicians, the choir went bowling, looked for lobster and shared their amazing voices with the locals.    Click here to hear them sing!


On October 23, the BCC community shared why #ArtsMatter to them as part of Mass Creative's arts advocacy day. We joined 150 artists, arts and culture organizations, cultural leaders and advocates across MA to let our leaders know why arts matter to us. Click here to see some of our reasons!


You may be wondering if BCC has rehearsal on one of the scariest days of the year - Halloween. Well we do!  And our singers get in the spirit and come dressed up.  BCC is all about accepting and learning more about people's different identities - this even means witches, ghouls and ghosts. Click here to see our staff's best costumes!

On November 7 to celebrate his 10th anniversary, Anthony programmed a concert with some of his favorite pieces.  He shared stories with the audience about his history with each song. Some of the pieces were songs he learned in high school and this was the first time conducting them. It was a very special concert for him and the audience.

It is always a joy to see alumni.  Whether it is on the street, online or at BCC Concert!

The Premier Choir and Young Men's Ensemble thrilled the audience with some of Anthony's favorite songs.  One concert goer called it " wonderful, varied, and spectacularly performed!"

We asked BCC alumni from over the last 10 years to share some of their memories of Anthony. For those of you who know him, or even if you only see him conduct at concerts, we think you'll appreciate the singer's recollections. What they remember of Anthony mirrors the work and impact BCC strives to have: how music and friends support us, life skills to focus on one's path, creating a safe and welcoming space, and motivating us to become empathetic and kind friends, family and community members.  Thank you Anthony!
Madison (clapping hands) with ATK in Jordan.
It is difficult to encapsulate Anthony Trecek-King in words because like all great people, his aura permeates your life rather than just a moment or two. I remember when I first joined BCC in 2007 the first thing I remember Mr. TK ever saying was "take out a pencil."

Well, you see, I didn't have a pencil. My neighbor in the chair next to me who was nervous on my behalf shared their pencil with me. And Mr. TK said "You all are going to have to bring a pencil to every practice because we move fast and I don't want you to forget or miss anything."   And that's exactly what BCC was for me; an experience that moved so quickly and I tried not to forget a single minute...Click here to read more of Madison's memory.

Madison Gordon, 2010

Madison is currently a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in education and public policy.

Terrell with ATK in Washington D.C.
10 years. 10 years of inspiration. 10 years of using music as a catalyst to promote social change within the Boston community; and around the world. 10 years of constant support and love given to his singers. Anthony Trecek-King is more than your average artistic director. I have Mr. TK to thank for pushing me, and believing in me even when others did not. 

I had a lot of energy growing up and it was hard to focus and concentrate, yet Mr. TK was one of the only people in my life to positively redirect me and help me become the musician, actor, teacher, and man I am today...Click here to read more of Terrell's memory.

Terrell Foster-James, 2010

Terrell graduated from Berklee College of Music and is currently one of the lead singers at Big Party Orchestra and an Actor at Fiddlehead Theatre Company.

Chris (on the right) and fellow alumni Alyssa in Martha's Vineyard.
Mr. Anthony Trecek-King aka ATK can be summed up in one word that has been consistent throughout his time with my generation at BCC and this is a #Motivator. Even on his worst day he comes in with that smile that we have to notice and just gives us a reason to push, gives us a reason to always exceed expectations. I believe I speak for us all when I say that he is the real MVP and a genuine #Motivator 

Chris Doman, 2011

Chris studied psychology at Bunker HIll Community College and is currently a career advisor at Robert Half International.
Alex and ATK in the United Kingdom in 2011
While my time at Boston Children's Chorus feels as though it was a life-time away, I continue to be keenly aware of the profound, indelible impact that BCC had on me as a young man. At the center of this project was Mr. TK. His energy and persona embodied so much of what BCC meant to me then, and what it continues to mean to me today. 

He, like BCC, helped me recognize my potential and do the work necessary to realize it in a way that no other adult had done for me before. Perhaps part of his ability to help me realize my potential was the mild fear that instilled within me. He knew how to push young choristers like myself, and would not hesitate to tell us when he thought we were not achieving our potential. I certainly did my best to avoid these moments. But of course, TK drove me forward with something much deeper, and more meaningful than fear. At the center of TK's ability as a leader and mentor, was his magical ability to see qualities within myself and others, which we were not yet able to see...Click here to read more of Alex's memories.

Alex Cook, 2011

Alex graduated from Earlham College with a major in Peace and Global Studies and is currently an intern at Migrant Justice in Vermont.
Valentina (on the left) learning a new instrument in Cambodia 2013
One thing I will never forget about TK is the energy he put in his conducting. You could feel the emotions coming out of his body movements, facial expressions and hands. This helped me and I believe the whole choir to feel the music, also allowing us to perform wonderfully.

Valentina E. Gambino, 2014

Valentina is a sophomore at Johnson & Wales University
Julie (on the left) and fellow alumni Sarah in Cambodia.
I remember walking into rehearsal for the first time in the fall of 2015 after a few months of sports leave. The first thing I see when I walk into the room is TK's brightly colored socks juxtaposing his business-like outfit and his Colgate smile of course. He saw me sitting quietly among the new faces and immediately called me out and initiated a warm welcome back from the rest of the chorus. I had never felt more comfortable than at that moment; TK has a special ability for making everyone feel at home.

Julie Yu, 2015

Julie is currently a freshman at UC Berkeley


Tickets for BCC's holiday concert will be on sale to the public on November 16. This year we've added a third concert! Come hear traditional holiday songs and new music that inspires us to reflect on the season.

Old South Church in Copley Square
December 12 at 11am
December 12 at 3pm
December 13 at 3pm


Just in time for the holidays, BCC's latest CD entitled "Seasons" will be released. We are excited to share this compilation of songs that track the passage of time and share the impact that music has on us all. Music ranges from works from the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Madame White Snake to BCC's rousing arrangement of Jackson Berkey's "Amazing Grace."  

Look for details on how to purchase on our website and on iTunes shortly!
November 16 at 7:30pm
The Tenors
Symphony Hall 
Boston, MA
Members of Dorchester Intermediate
Ticketed event

November 21
Blink! A Light & Sound Extravaganza
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Free Event from 7 to 8pm
Live on WBZ Channel 4
Premier Choir
Details here

November 27
Macy's Tree Lighting  
Downtown Crossing
Central Intermediate
Free Event 

December 2 at 7:00pm
The Boston Foundation 100th Anniversary Gala Dinner
The Westin Copley Place, Boston
The Premier Choir and the Young Men's Ensemble
Private event

December 5 
Isabella Stewart Gardner Holiday Event
The Premier Choir and the Young Men's Ensemble
Private event

December 7 at 7:00pm
Community Concert
First Parish in Westwood
Central Intermediate and Dorchester Intermediate
Donation suggested
December 12 at 11:00am
Winter Sky
Old South Church, Boston, MA
Concert Choir, Choral Union, Jr. Men's Ensemble, Central Intermediate Advanced, West End House and Central Training.
$12 a ticket.   Tickets to go on sale November 16 to the public.

December 12 at 3:00pm
Winter Sky
Old South Church, Boston, MA
Premier Choir, Young Men's Ensemble, Central Intermediate, Dorchester Intermediate, Dorchester Advanced Training and South Boston
$12 a ticket.  Tickets to go on sale November 16 to the public.

December 13 at 3:00pm
Holiday Sing-along
Old South Church, Boston, MA
Premier Choir, Young Men's Ensemble, Concert Choir, Choral Union, Jr. Men's Ensemble, Central Intermediate Advanced.
$12 a ticket.  Tickets to go on sale November 16 to the public.


BPS Arts Expansion Fund at EdVestors


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