Sing Out Strong

From left to right, Min Jin Chung* Julia Scott Carey,* and Melissa Joseph on August 1, 2019 at the Multicultural Arts Center *Members of Juventas New Music Ensemble
Photo: Kendall Bartel

What is Sing Out Strong?

In 2019, we launched a multi-year community-based project, Sing Out Strong (SOS), that commissions composers and writers to create songs based on themes that flow from our operas. The songs are performed in a series of concerts in different Boston area communities.

We’ve also integrated our mainstage shows with our community projects, a revolutionary move. After SOS tours Boston’s neighborhoods, a selection of the songs will be performed on our mainstage as a “curtain-raiser” to our mainstage opera.

Learn more about our SOS concerts:

SOS: Immigrant Voices
SOS: DeColonized Voices

Immigrant Voices

SOS: Immigrant Voices composers and writers come from all over the world, reflecting the diversity of America, and Boston in particular. They bring with them the music and stories of Peru, Latvia, India, China, Taiwan, Mexico, Haiti, Brazil, Vietnam, and the Dominican Republic. They come from diverse socio-economic, age, gender, and racial backgrounds. Some have day jobs as teachers, professors, counselors; some are musicians, others are high school students, retirees, cooks, waiters, homemakers, and parents. But all are activists who believe that music and storytelling have the power to change lives.

Read more about the writers and composers
Read SOS: Immigrant Voices lyrics

DeColonized Voices

Click on the image to download the program book

SOS: Decolonized Voices composers and writers come from all over the world, reflecting the diversity of America, and Boston in particular. They bring with them the music and stories of the Nipmuc Tribe of Massachusetts, Cape Verde, Hong Kong, the Dominican Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Vietnam, Haiti, the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, and the multicultural melting pot of heritages in the United States. They come from diverse socio-economic, age, gender, and racial backgrounds. Some are professional musicians, some are high school students. But all are activists who believe that music and storytelling have the power to change lives.

SOS: DeColonized Voices’ virtual world premiere on May 13. The SOS: DeColonized Voices concert and panel is scheduled for this September at CitySpace.

Read the program book for the Virtual world premiere of SOS: DeColonized Voices

Learn more about the writers and composers and read the song lyrics.

Download printable lyrics.

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