Key Staff Members
Founding Artistic Director
Ms. Money founded Boston City Singers in 1995 as a division of Youth Pro Musica. In 2003, Boston City Singers became a separate chorus and youth development program with head-quarters in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood and currently serves 500 young people in 16 programs for children ages 4 - 18. Jane has over 25 years of experience in teaching music in classrooms, school and church choirs. She is passionate about teaching children to sing.
Ms. Money holds masters degrees in music from Auckland University in New Zealand; in music education from Trinity College of Music in London; and in engineering (MS) from Boston University. She is also the Founding Artistic Director of “Children’s Voices of Ireland.” She is a former instructor with the Metropolitan Opera’s Urban Voices program in Boston, and the Director of Youth Choirs at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Wellesley, MA. She is a frequent workshop presenter at ACDA, MMEA, AGO and now Chorus America.
A native of New Zealand, Jane has been a resident of Dorchester for over 25 years where she fosters dogs for New England Brittany Rescue and knits socks near and far.
Melissa J. Graham
Melissa joined Boston City Singers in 2011 to manage the non-artistic aspects of the organization including fundraising, special events, financial and staff management, marketing and public relations, government and community outreach and is a de facto member of the Board of Directors. She was a member of the 2014 Arts and Culture transition team for Boston’s mayor Marty Walsh. Melissa was a Founding Director of The Boston Guys, a Boston-based event-planning, fundraising and marketing collaborative that served political, not-for-profit, educational and business clients domestically and abroad. She hosted Commonwealth Journal, a radio talk show on WUMB broadcast throughout Massachusetts, served as Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for the Boston Five Cents Savings Bank (now Citizen’s Bank), and was a senior advance person for former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton during the Clinton White House years. She has been Vice President and General Manager for Nathan Tyler Productions and Director of Local Fundraising for WGBH Television and Radio. Having spent much of her youth in Cincinnati, Melissa moved to Boston from Washington, DC in 1979. (Dorchester)
In addition to his position leading the Cantare Divisions of Boston City Singers’ Concert Chorus in Dorchester and Cambridge, Josh teaches middle school chorus and general music at Rindge Avenue Upper Campus in the Cambridge Public Schools. Prior to teaching in Cambridge, he taught band and chorus in an inner-city high-school in Chicago for eight years. Upon graduation from Northwestern University in 1997, his intended career path as a film composer was disrupted when he fell in love with music education through an AmeriCorps program in Chicago. Seeing the powerful effect of music on the lives of children inspired him to pursue music education professionally. Josh’s Kodály certification is from the New England Conservatory. (Medford)
World Rhythm Ensemble Director
Kimani grew up in Kingston, Jamaica where he studied classical piano and the traditional drumming of Jamaica and the Caribbean at the Jamaica School of Music. Upon his arrival in Boston, Kimani studied music education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Being an avid student of the percussion and dance traditions of West Africa and the African diaspora he performs with a variety of musical groups including the Haitian Drum and Dance Company, Fantezi Kreyol, the Art of Black Music and Dance, Silimbo African Dance Company and Lamine Toure with Group Saloum. Kimani also teaches music and traditional percussion at the Young Achievers Science and Math School in Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood. (Jamaica Plain)
Daniel P. Ryan
BCS Fellas Director
Daniel P. Ryan is an active freelance conductor, composer and singer in the Boston area. He is currently a staff conductor for the Boston City Singers, the Director of Choral Activities at Clark University, artistic director of In Good Company Theatre Co., and associate conductor with VOICES BOSTON. As the former director of the Sine Nomine Choral Ensemble he presented Brahms' Requiem, Oratio Vecchi's L'amfiparnaso, and other programs for audiences in MA and RI. He has recently music directed and conducted opera and musical theatre productions at The Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and MIT. He currently holds professional singing posts at First Church Boston and Trinity Parish of Newton Center. He recently served as assistant conductor for Julian Wachner in Maytooth, Ireland for Haydn's Creation with Berkshire Choral International and currently serves on the faculty at Interlochen Summer Arts Academy as a music director and vocal teacher. www.danielpryan.com
Director, Early Childhood Music and Director, Cambridge Children’s Chorus
A vocalist and pianist, Wendy joined the staff of Boston City Singers’ in 2011 to direct early childhood music programs. In the Fall of 2012, she and Jane Money founded the Cambridge Children’s Chorus, a division of Boston City Singers, to offer Kodály, Training Chorus and Cantare chorus programs. Wendy retired from the Cambridge Public Schools in 2013 after four decades of teaching music to young children. Educated at the University of Rhode Island with a degree in music education, she also earned a Masters Degree in Education from Antioch College and a Certificate from the Kodály Musical Training Institute of the New England Conservatory of Music. Wendy serves on the board of the Boston Area Kodály Educators and has sung with The Boston Cecilia since 1972. She has presented before the Eastern Division MENC, the National School Boards Convention in Orlando, Florida and the MENC in Boston. In 2010, Singapore’s Department of Education invited her to work with students and create a video for their teacher’s professional development. Since 2013, Wendy has traveled to Argentina, China and Norway on Boston City Singers’ behalf. (Cambridge)
Cambridge Children’s Chorus Manager (Cambridge)
Debbie was a music specialist and and arts department chair at Buckingham Browne & Nichols Lower School for many years, working with children from Pre-K to 6th grade. Recent teaching included music classes for grades 3-6, chorus, orchestra, recorder ensemble, co-directing sixth grade musicals, and 5th grade math. Satisfying an ongoing interest in using technology as a teaching tool, she was accepted into the summer 2011 Creative Computing course using Scratch programming at MIT’s Media Lab. In August 2013 she completed The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning course at the Harvard School of Education. She was also one of the founders of Patschwork, a six member group of music teachers devoted to playing and creating music using the Orff-Schulwerk approach followed in their music classes.
Active as a choral singer, Debbie has performed with Chorus pro Musica, New World Chorale, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus with the Boston Symphony in Boston, at Tanglewood and at Carnegie Hall. She has enjoyed playing in the Boston Recorder Society, being an amateur photographer and gardener, and finding opportunities to be on or near the water in Maine and on Cape Cod. She gained a strong musical background in the Concord Public Schools, received a Music Education degree at UMass-Amherst and a Masters in Elementary Education at Lesley University in Cambridge. She lives in Arlington with her husband, a choral singer, organist and systems analyst. (Arlington)
Originally from the Dominican Republic, Fanny (fahnee) Lora is a dedicated and multifaceted singer, music educator, and social justice advocate. She previously held the positions of Teaching Fellow, Vocal Instructor and Social Framework Liaison for Boston Children’s Chorus, Choral Teaching Artist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and was an Artist-in-Residence at Excel Academy in Washington, DC. Ms. Lora is passionate about languages, food, and traveling. A graduate of Ithaca College in upstate New York, Fanny is enrolled in the Alexander Technique Training Certification Program at the Boston Conservatory and sings in the Greater Boston Area.