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Year In Review 2020-2021

Updated: Aug 3, 2021

At Boston Music Project, we aim to bring together the community through music education and innovative ways to explore the art of music, even under unique circumstances. As we reflect on the past year to see what we’ve achieved, check out this recap of the collective successes of our 2020-2021 school year!


July 2020

Launched First-Ever Creative Summer

In July 2020, we launched our first-ever summer program and provided daily group music and private lessons to over 60 youth from Boston Public Schools and throughout Greater Boston.


August 2020

Rebranded our Organization

To kick off our 2020-2021 season, we proudly shared that Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program would begin a new chapter in our history, marked by a new name that reflects our program evolution and long-term vision.


September 2020

Expanded our Programming

We welcomed four new teaching artists to our team, introduced piano and guitar instruction, and launched new partnerships with Boston Public Schools.


October 2020

Collaborated with Celebrity Series

In October, we partnered with the Celebrity Series and Hub New Music for a contemporary composition project with our 4th-7th grade musicians.


November 2020

Launched our Youth Advisory Council

Our Youth Advisory Council helped to plan our December (and June) Virtual Showcases and created virtual music activities for younger BMP musicians.


December 2020

Built Community through Paper Instruments

Our friends at Beaver Country Day helped to create a step-by-step guide and design kit for our K1/K2 families to build their paper instruments virtually.


January 2021

Led 15 Regional and National PD Sessions

BMP staff presented at 15 conferences, including sessions with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and National Association for Music Educators.


February 2021

Lifted Up Silenced Voices

Our elementary orchestras celebrated the music of Ignatius Sancho and middle school students composed music inspired by the poetry of Maya Angelou.


March 2021

Celebrated Black and Hispanic Excellence

We investigated iconic works from the Antebellum period and the music of Latin America, performing “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and composing an original Samba.


April 2021

Produced Three Student-Composed Albums

In April, we launched our Creative Sessions, a national speaker series aimed at redefining the sound and aesthetic of music education. In collaboration with BMP teaching artists and Oakland-based Hip Hop Orchestra, Ensemble Mik Nawook, BMP students produced a total of three digital music albums.


May 2021

Performed in Honor of AAPI Heritage Month

On May 12th, 2021, BMP youth from our Chinatown programs prepared a short virtual performance for the Boston City Council meeting at the invitation of Councilors Michelle Wu and Ed Flynn.


June 2021

Celebrated a Year of Profound Resilience

On June 16th, 2021, Boston Music Project celebrated the power of music education with over 400 of our closest friends on YouTube! The event featured 15 virtual orchestra performances, 41 chamber and solo performances, and 3 performances by our Beethoven Ensemble supporting Boston youth with special education music programming!


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