Tickets on Sale for “Music You Can See”

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Get season tickets, 3-concert flex passes, and individual tickets to our first two concerts today! Don’t miss out on our performance of Jacob Obrecht’s St Donatian Mass or any of the rest of our concerts this season.  Follow these links for season tickets, 3-concert flex passes, and tickets to the St. Donatian Mass.

BCE Welcomes New Assistant Conductor

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BCE is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean Watland as our new assistant conductor. We are excited to welcome Sean and to work with him as we begin preparations for our 16th season. Sean J. Watland is Assistant Conductor for Boston Choral Ensemble. He is pursuing a Masters in Music with an emphasis in Choral Conducting from Boston University. Alongside Boston Choral Ensemble and his coursework, Sean serves as the Conducting Fellow with Music […]

Boston Choral Ensemble’s “Serenade to Music” Concert Pays Tribute to the Works of William Shakespeare

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BOSTON – April 22, 2016 – Boston Choral Ensemble (BCE) presents their final concert this season on Friday, May 13th celebrating the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (1564-1616) with a program of works based on texts from his plays. The excerpts include speeches from The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the famous “Serenade to Music” (from The Merchant of Venice) set to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Members of the Actors’ […]

Boston Choral Ensemble Declares Stacy Garrop Winner of 9th Annual Commission Competition

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BOSTON – March 25, 2016 – Boston Choral Ensemble (BCE) is proud to present the winner of their 9th Annual Commission Competition, Stacy Garrop, and Honorable Mentions, Dominic DiOrio and Dana Kaufman. Started in 2007, this annual competition aims to identify a talented composer and support them in the performance of a new work for chamber choir to be premiered by Boston Choral Ensemble.  The Commission Competition challenges composers with a rigorous application process which […]

BU Today – Close Up – A Voice From Heaven – February 18th, 2016

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A Voice from Heaven, a concert by Boston Choral Ensemble, was held at Marsh Chapel February 12, part of the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music annual conference. The group sang Herbert Howells’ Requiem and David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion. Photo By Jake Belcher Here is a link to the publication: http://www.bu.edu/today/closeup/a-voice-from-heaven/

Sing in the Holidays with BCE

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Boston Choral Ensemble invites you to celebrate the season at our annual holiday concert, Sing Nowell!, on Saturday, December 19th. Join us at the historic Old South Church in Copley Square, Boston for an afternoon of music and cheer starting at 3pm. There will be one show only, so make sure you don’t miss out! Sing Nowell! is loosely based on the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols, including songs for choir and congregation using the fine organ in Old South Church as well as many new arrangements […]

BCE Kicks Off 15th Anniversary Season

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Boston Choral Ensemble is excited to announce our fifteenth anniversary season! This year will be one of celebrations, special events, and unique new ways of engaging our audiences with great choral music. Our first concert of the year will be a gala event to celebrate fifteen years of bringing high-quality musical programming to Boston audiences. We will perform audience and ensemble favorites from past seasons prior to a grand reception at First Church in Cambridge. We will […]

BCE’s “Long, Long Night” lauded as “transcendent…satisfying…wistful”

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Boston Choral Ensemble’s final concert cycle of their 2014-2015 season was met by appreciative audiences and high marks from the critics. On Sunday, June 7th, award-winning music critic Zoë Madonna represented the Boston Music Intellegencer when she attended the concert at Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston’s South End. She compared the juxtaposition of Taverner and Tavener to “teleporting from Art of Europe at the MFA to the fifth floor of the ICA”, endorsing BCE’s Boston Early […]

Boston Choral Ensemble Declares Dr. Gregory W. Brown Winner of 8th Annual Commission Competition

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BOSTON – April 3, 2015 – Boston Choral Ensemble (BCE) is proud to present the winner of their 8th Annual Commission Competition, Dr. Gregory W. Brown, and Honorable Mentions, Saunder Choi and Melissa Dunphy. Started in 2007, this competition aims to identify a talented composer and support her or him in the performance of a new work for chamber choir to be premiered by Boston Choral Ensemble. The Commission Competition challenges composers with a rigorous […]

World and Regional Premieres Headline Boston Choral Ensemble’s “Cold, cold night” Concert at OBERON

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BOSTON – March 4, 2015 – Boston Choral Ensemble (BCE) has curated an evening of new and dramatic masterworks to be premiered at OBERON on March 20th and 27th in a concert titled “Cold, cold night”. This program is the third in a season dedicated to four nights in which music plays an important part in remembrance, healing, and reconciliation. These performances celebrate the contemporary human condition with music that runs the gamut of emotions, […]

Tickets Still Available for Boston Choral Ensemble’s “Still, still night” Candlelight Holiday Concert and CD Release

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BOSTON – December 8, 2014 – Boston Choral Ensemble (BCE) invites audience members to their annual holiday concert “Still, still night”. On December 20th at 4pm, take some time away from all the holiday hub-bub and enjoy the sounds of the season as BCE presents carols old and new for the entire family. Their candlelight concert follows the Christian story, which they develop to a more inclusive celebration of birth and motherhood. The concert features […]

BCE’s “Dark, dark night” praised as “stunning”, “impressive”

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Boston – November 4, 2014 – Boston Choral Ensemble opened their 2014/2015 season to rave reviews of “Dark, dark night”. Reviewer Sudeep Agarwala of the Boston Music Intelligencer attended the Saturday evening performance at Marsh Chapel, which he called “a thoughtful exposition on the incorporation of chant in choral music…vivid and well-shaped.” Agarwala specifically praised BCE’s performance of Durufle’s Requiem, saying, “The dramatic Offertorium or Libera Me are perennial favorites, and Saturday’s performance did not disappoint. […]

Kira Winter named BCE’s new Assistant Conductor

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BOSTON – September 30, 2014 – Boston Choral Ensemble is proud to announce the selection and acceptance of Kira Winter as our new Assistant Conductor. After an extensive summer-long search, BCE narrowed the wide pool of eligible candidates down to four exceptional individuals. Each was given the opportunity to warm up the ensemble and work through some tricky sections of music for our upcoming concert. The choir weighed in, voted, and brought back two of […]

Boston Choral Ensemble’s 2014-2015 Season Announced

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BOSTON – August 22, 2014 – Boston Choral Ensemble (BCE) has just announced the repertoire for its 14th season. The 2014-2015 season is dedicated to night. In particular, to four nights in which music plays an important part in remembrance, healing, and reconciliation. These four nights celebrate the contemporary human condition with music that runs the gamut of emotions, and invites you to reconsider death, birth, and poverty, along with music that transcends the mundane. […]

Sincere Thanks and 14-15 Sneak Peak from BCE

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Boston Choral Ensemble would like to express sincere thanks and gratitude to our loyal friends, family, followers, and fans for our most successful and exciting season ever! Our 2013-2014 season included several world premieres, an Amherst College road trip, multiple smashing reviews, new and exciting venues, and culminated with three consecutive sold out shows at the Boston Museum of Science’s Hayden Planetarium. We were named one of Boston’s Best choirs by CBS Boston, but more […]

Encore Performance of “Cosmic Journey” at Boston Museum of Science by Boston Choral Ensemble

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BOSTON – June 10, 2014 – Boston Choral Ensemble (BCE) is pleased to announce an encore performance of “Cosmic Journey” at the Hayden Planetarium at the Boston Museum of Science. The Boston Musical Intelligencer describes the first run of sold out performances as a “stunning success” in a “particularly compelling” venue. This “marriage… of well-crafted sound and thoughtful programming” is a combination of live choral singing with a visual tour of the stars and planets. […]

Boston Musical Intellegencer gives BCE’s “Cosmic Journey” Sky-high Marks

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On June 2nd, The Boston Musical Intelligencer (BMInt) reviewed the Friday evening performance of BCE’s “Cosmic Journey” . They described the first run of sold out performances as a “stunning success” in a “particularly compelling” venue. BMInt Reviewer Sudeep Agarwala went on to call parts of the concert   “deeply meditative work that revels in deeply satisfying harmonies”, saying that “vocal lines were well-articulated and sensitively shaped”. You can read the full BMInt review here. There will […]

Boston Choral Ensemble and Boston Museum of Science Unite for Spectacular “Cosmic Journey”

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BOSTON – May 9, 2014 – Boston Choral Ensemble (BCE) has teamed up with the Hayden Planetarium at the Boston Museum of Science to offer a unique and awe-inspiring combination of live choral singing with a visual tour of the stars and planets. The final concert in BCE’s 2013/14 season, entitled “Cosmic Journey”, comprises a number of pieces related to the heavens and celestial bodies ranging from Zvonimir Nagy’s evocative Eternal peace, to Arvo Pärt’s Morning Star. […]

BCE Seeks Choral Administrator

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BCE is hiring a Choral Administrator to help with the general work of the choir.  This position offers the unique opportunity to work with all aspects of a non-profit performing arts organization.  The administrator will work closely with the Board of Directors on operations, marketing, and development projects.  For more information, including a description of responsibilities, time committements, and instructions on how to apply, visit www.bostonchoral.org/search/.  Applications are due May 1, 2014.

Boston Choral Ensemble Declares Samuel Beebe Winner of 2014 Commission Competition

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BOSTON – April 11, 2014 – Boston Choral Ensemble (BCE) proudly presents the 2014 Commission Competition Winner, Samuel Beebe and Honorable Mention, Dr. Gregory W. Brown. Started in 2007, this annual competition aims to identify a talented composer and support her or him in the performance of a new work for chamber choir to be premiered by Boston Choral Ensemble.  The Commission Competition challenges composers with a  rigorous application process which includes the submission of […]

Boston Choral Ensemble delivers “A Moving Pilgrimage at St. Paul’s”

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There was high praise for BCE in the wake of the recent Path of Miracles concerts. “Such an undertaking is not for the faint of heart, and BCE is to be commended for approaching Path of Miracles with such an unflagging energy, thorough preparation, and intense commitment,” wrote Boston Music Intelligencer (BMInt) contributor Sudeep Agarwala after Friday’s area premiere.  In the review, Mr. Agarwala went on to note that “…the ensemble is to be commended on […]

Boston Choral Ensemble to perform New England Premiere of Joby Talbot’s ‘Path of Miracles’

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BOSTON – March 14, 2014 – Boston Choral Ensemble proudly presents the New England Premiere of Joby Talbot’s choral masterwork Path of Miracles, a four movement opus that chronicles the El Camino de Santiago or “St. James Way” pilgrimage to Santiago, Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of Apostle St. James the Great are buried. Path of Miracles Boston Choral Ensemble Andrew Shenton, artistic director | Katya Anoshkin, assistant conductor Friday, March 28, […]

BCE named one of “Boston’s Best Choirs” by CBS Boston

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Boston Choral Ensemble was recently honored with the distinction of being one of Boston’s best choirs by CBS Boston.  Also named with BCE were the Boston Children’s Chorus, Boston’s Gay Men’s Chorus, Cantilena: A Women’s Chorale, and Back Back Chorale.  CBS writer Shelly Barclay said the following of the choruses listed: “Among all of Boston’s theater performances and large orchestral performances, there are many choirs. Some of these choirs are well known to Boston and others […]

Join BCE for our Annual Choral Holiday Concert ‘Ceremony of Carols’

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BCE’s annual Choral Holiday lessons and carols service is back this year on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Old South Church, Boston! Join us for an afternoon of repertoire both old and new, including Paul Ayre’s re-imagining of Handel’s “For unto us a child is born,” several works by Benjamin Britten to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth (including the ever-popular “Ceremony of Carols”), and carols by Poston, Rutter, Tavener and others. Rounding out […]

Boston Choral Ensemble Announces Seventh Annual Commission Competition

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BOSTON – October 30, 2013 – Boston Choral Ensemble is excited to announce the launch of its seventh annual Commission Competition. This competition aims to identify a talented composer and support her or him in the performance of a new work for chamber choir to be premiered by the Ensemble. The winning work will be rehearsed, prepared, and integrated into the Ensemble’s program during the 2014/15 concert season. Boston Choral Ensemble is a highly-skilled, auditioned choir. Applicants are encouraged […]

Boston Choral Ensemble premieres several new works in ‘raindrops footsteps’

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BOSTON – October 26, 2013 – The opening concerts of  Boston Choral Ensemble’s 2013-14 season commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten with his famous Hymn to St. Cecilia, one of the greatest choral works of the twentieth century.   The ensemble celebrates the extraordinary choral music of Arvo Pärt with a number of works, including his popular Magnificat, and is honored to be giving the US premieres of two works that Pärt composed in 2012.  BCE […]

Boston Choral Ensemble previews its 2013-2014 season

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BOSTON – July 18, 2013 – Boston Choral Ensemble’s 13th season will begin with a concert at Amherst College on November 17 that will be dedicated to the music of Arvo Pärt, and will include his Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, and his choral cantata Dopo la Vittoria. BCE will be repeating the Pärt pieces at their concerts on November 22 and 24, along with Britten’s Hymn to Cecilia (in honor of the centenary of his birth), and the winning piece from their recent competition for a new work, […]