The Boston Symphony Children's Choir (BSCC)



The Boston Symphony Children's Choir (BSCC)

BSCC members participate in instructive and fun rehearsals with BSO Choral Director James Burton, and they take part in choral performances together with the BSO and the Boston Pops both at Symphony Hall and the Tanglewood Festival.

After holding auditions for nearly 200 children in the fall of 2017, sixty-five singers grades 5-9 were selected by BSO Choral Director James Burton to take part in the BSO's January 2018 performances of Mahler's Symphony No. 3. These concerts featured the BSO, Women of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and the Mahler 3 Children's Choir under the baton of Maestro Andris Nelsons. Following the success of that project, the Boston Symphony Children's Choir (BSCC) was officially announced as a permanent ensemble of the BSO.

The choir gave its first official performance in summer 2018, joining the BSO, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Maestro Andris Nelsons for a staged production of Puccini’s La Bohème at Tanglewood. The choir performed Mahler’s 3rd Symphony with the BSO at Tanglewood later in the summer, and gave its own solo performance as part of the Tanglewood Summer Sundays concert series. In the 2019 Tanglewood season, the BSCC premiered Burton’s The Lost Words for children’s choir and orchestra, which was co-commissioned by the BSO and the Hallé Orchestra of Manchester, England.

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the BSCC, and what the chorus has done for me… singing with fellow talented children, along with a world-renown professional orchestra is something that I will never take for granted. It led me to the pursuit of private lessons, expanding my choral endeavors, and exploring the idea of pursuing music as a career. The past year and a half have been filled with amazing memories, and new skills I have acquired that will be forever with me… I am forever grateful for the experiences I have had, and knowing that I belong to a community at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, surrounded by some of the most extraordinary people I have ever met.”

- BSCC Singer, August 2019


Upcoming BSCC Highlights


Past BSCC Highlights


Eligibility Requirements

  • All singers grades 5-9 will be considered for BSCC membership
  • All singers must have unchanged treble voices
  • There is no cost to being a member of the BSCC

BSCC Membership Expectations

  • The BSCC schedules events and performances around the BSO, and does not have a standing rehearsal time. BSCC members do not commit to participating in a concert or event until that schedule has been shared and they have expressed their availability.
  • The BSO expects BSCC members to make the choir a priority. Once a BSCC member has expressed availability for a performance or event, they are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances in that cycle.

Auditioning for the BSCC

  • Each audition will last approximately 5 minutes.
  • Auditionees are asked to sing a song which they know well and are comfortable singing. This song can be unaccompanied or accompanied (a pianist will be provided). It should last no longer than 2 minutes and show their voice at its best.
  • After singing their song, auditionees will be asked to do some simple ear training tests (pitch matching, etc), vocal range exercises and some simple sight reading.
  • BSCC members are expected to be able to read basic musical notation, and members are encouraged to develop their musicianship skills while being a member of the choir.

To be notified about the next round of BSCC auditions, please complete the form LINKED HERE.


For more information, please contact bscc@bso.org.