What our ESL participants are saying.

"For me, singing is a dream come true! Thank you!”
– Maunia (Iran)
"Singing makes me feel free from my worries and gives me hope and strength."
– Monika (Poland)
"It's very easy and fun to improve my English with this music class."
– Débora (Brazil)
“For the singing class, it was professional. The class is very good.”
– Ngon (Vietnam)

Fall 2020 ESL Program

Music and English are universal languages. Everyone should have access to these languages without fear of making mistakes, whether spoken or sung. In partnership with the Boston Public Library, our Bridges E.S.L. Singing Group provides participants with an opportunity to make vocal music, improve their English language skills, and develop friendships with fellow community members — singers from Back Bay Chorale.

Led by Associate Conductor & Director of Community Engagement Katherine Chan, participants meet each Tuesday morning via Zoom to learn basic singing skills and songs in English. At the end of each class, they have the opportunity to make new friends and practice their English conversation skills. No previous music skills are required.

If you know anyone who might like to participate, visit our sign-up page.

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Fall 2019

Boston Public Library: Literacy Training
Faneuil Hall: Naturalization Ceremony

Bridges: A Commitment to Service

We believe that music should not be limited to those who can visit the concert hall. Led by Associate Director & Director of Community Engagement  Katherine Chan, our Bridges program, launched in 2013,  is an integral part of the Back Bay Chorale’s mission to celebrate and share the unifying power of music with our community. Whether welcoming our country’s newest citizens with the National Anthem at Naturalization Ceremonies, performing for veterans recovering from injury and PTSD, or creating choruses to help literacy training at the Boston Public Library, Bridges connects and uplifts communities across the Commonwealth.

What inspires our sound is a shared commitment to a sincere and authentic experience, advancing the spirit of community through our song. 

Our musical journey includes diverse global repertoire programming to engage with cultural communities and raise awareness of social issues.  

Bridges also provides young collegiate singers opportunities to participate in our outreach activities. 

Voices, spirits lift in face of Parkinson’s steady toll — Boston Globe