The three faces of Mssng Lnks

We believe that a three-pronged approach is needed in order to bring about our Mission – embracing, nurturing, and unleashing the power found within the voices of urban youth-of-color.

And our Vision - that the rich diversity found within our world community can be reflected in the vocal performers on stage, and in recital and concert halls.

facing the Heyoka

In many Native American teachings, the Heyoka is the sacred fool who teaches others through laughter and by doing everything opposite to the way others expect, the contrary clown who seeks to upset the balance and rigidity in our lives. The comedian who uses humor to make us take a good look at ourselves and our beliefs — and who challenges us to break old habits, think for ourselves and ultimately make changes in our lives.

Like a Navajo Hoop Dancer, a performer's life consists of juggling interactions between many different worlds. In order to enhance that understanding, we strive to facilitate a multi-directional inter-gration process between students, music organizations and local communities that allows each to retain and honor their identity while moving in and through this different worlds. Combining the power of music with the laughter and joy found within music-making we encourage individuals from disparate communities to go outside their comfort zones and come together to promote a deeper level of interaction. As relationships form, what initially felt different becomes familiar, friendships blossom and an inter-connected community develops.

This process of inter-grating students, their communities and arts organizations provides a powerful support system to help Artists-In-Training succeed as they pursue an education and career in voice. 

And So We Sing Choral Festival began as an initiative in collaboration with the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) which recognized that its members serve choral programs that are primarily located in suburban, academic or rural areas, while urban choral programs remain underserved. This five-hour event, at Hibernian Hall, brings together urban and minority-based ensembles along with those who specialize in non-Western musical traditions for a joint workshop and concert. Participating ensembles have included the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association's Choral Society, the Halalisa Singers, Charles Street A.M.E. Church Gospel Choir, Una Voce, and Artists-In-Training.

A World Of Song Choral Festival was designed to create a venue for schools participating in the S.E.E. Program to interact with each other. Including Artists-In-Training and Resident Artists provide participants an opportunity to perform with vocalists at different stages in their careers and allow audiences to enjoy a wide spectrum of vocal abilities. This free concert takes the last Thursday in May alternately in Cambridge and Roxbury.

Contact us for more information about our program or to participate in one of the Festivals.