VOICES Boston, led by Artistic Director Dan Ryan, provides a joyful, inclusive, and high quality musical experience to children ages 5-14 in the Greater Boston area. With a focus on singing and performance through ensemble learning, movement, and theater, VOICES Boston enhances the lives of its members by building confidence, leadership, musicianship, discipline, and a love of music that will last a lifetime. VOICES Boston choristers perform a wide range of repertoire, including classical, musical theater, world music, gospel, and contemporary music, and present a musical/operetta annually. The organization includes four ensembles divided by student grade/age/experience: First Note Ensemble (K-1st grade, ages 5-7), Melody Ensemble (2nd-3rd grade, ages 7-8), Harmony Ensemble (3rd-5th grade, ages 8-10) and VOICES Boston Children’s Choir (VBCC; 6th-8th graders, ages 10-14). In addition to multiple individual and collaborative performance opportunities, VBCC takes powerful repertoire and performances on local and regional tours, recently including destinations such as New York City, Maine, and Louisiana.
VOICES Boston understands the power of collaboration and has collaborated with many internationally known ensembles throughout its history, providing unique learning opportunities for students by working with various community and performing arts organizations each year. Collaborations in the past five years have included the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and White Snake Projects. VOICES Boston serves approximately 100 children (ages 5-14) of all races, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities from the Greater Boston area, regardless of financial circumstances.
While there are regional children’s choirs, church choirs, and public school programs available for children, Voices Boston’s focus on the K-8 age range sets us apart. We offer a comprehensive approach to training that nurtures young singers and builds a strong foundation in vocal and musical development. Our commitment to K-8 students addresses a gap in the current landscape, ensuring a solid musical journey from a young age. Many of our singers go on to thrive and become leaders and award winners in their K-12 school groups, colleges, and community organizations. We strive to be a community that actively promotes the shared values of accessibility, diversity, and inclusivity and fosters artistic expression that contributes positively to the world.