Author John Maxwell once said, “Leaders become great not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others”. Since joining the Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) as Artistic Director in 2007, Dr. Anthony Trecek-King has used his passion for choral music to empower a new generation of musicians to unleash their talent.
“Favorite musical moment in the time I’ve been here” – Josh Elliot, Good Morning America
Dr. Anthony Trecek-King is the President and Artistic Director of the award winning Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC). Under his direction, the chorus has earned a reputation as an ensemble of high distinction and, in 2013 received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the White House. Trecek-King’s performances have been heralded as possessing a “surprising range of dynamics and depth of expression.” He has collaborated on performances with Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Simon Halsey, Yo Yo Ma and Roomful of Teeth and has led BCC in performances at Boston Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York City, and Royal Albert Hall in London. He is a frequent guest conductor for All State, Festival and Honor Choirs. In addition to Trecek-King’s conducting work, he can be seen on air and online on the WGBH television series “Sing That Thing”, and two TEDx Boston talks. He holds a B.M. in Cello Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from the Florida State University, and a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from the Boston University.
“It was easy to see why they are performing on national television and abroad, as well as receiving prestigious national awards. They are fine artistic ambassadors for Boston and undoubtedly an inspiration to musical youth everywhere they go.” – Geoffrey Wieting, Boston Musical Intelligencer
Anthony Trecek-King is the President and Artistic Director of the award winning Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC). Under his direction the youth chorus has earned a reputation as an ensemble of high distinction and in 2013 received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award from the White House. The Boston Globe calls the choir “angelic and dazzling,” while His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan heralds it as “superb,” and conductor Federico Cortese lauds BCC as “one of the emerging forces in Boston music life.” Trecek-King’s performances have been heralded as “moving” and possessing a “surprising range of dynamics and depth of expression.”
During Dr. Trecek-King’s tenure, BCC has performed in several renown venues including Boston’s Fenway Park and Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall In London England. They have also performed with the Boston Pops under the direction of both John Williams and Keith Lockhart who has called Dr. Trecek King “extremely talented”.
Over the past 12 seasons with BCC, Dr. Trecek-King has prepared choruses for performances with esteemed conductors including Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Simon Halsey, Federico Cortese, David Hoose, Gil Rose and Jeremy Lipsitts, has collaborated with a wide array of performers such as Yo Yo Ma, Melinda Doolittle, Patti Austin, Kyle and Chris Massey, Leslie Odem Jr., Cindy Blackman-Santana and NFL Star Patrick Chung and has established a unique music education curriculum that fosters independent thinking among young musicians. Students develop musical skills, such as sight-reading and ear training. They also receive leadership and life-skills training, including mentoring, fundraising, running workshops, and community service.
As a conductor and clinician Dr. Trecek-King has earned international recognition working with choirs and orchestras throughout the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East, including the University of Cologne Chamber Choir, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, members of the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, the Juvenil Schola Cantorum, the University Simón Bolívar, Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and Polifonija, a state chorus of Lithuania. He spent a semester in residence at the Technische Universität Braunschweig in Germany as a guest conductor of both the choir and orchestra. In 2005 and 2006 Mr. Trecek-King was the only American selected to participated in both the Eric Ericson Masterclass (Netherlands), and the Eric Ericson Award, an international conducting competition (Sweden). Recently he directed the American Choral Directors Association National Junior High/Middle School Honor Choir in Dallas, Texas, and conducted many other All State and festival choirs (Germany, Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont).
In addition to Dr. Trecek-King’s conducting work he once hosted the choral music radio program “Together in Song” which aired on WCRB classical New England and WQXR radio in New York City and he has presented two talks and performance (2012 & 2014) for TEDx Boston. Since the spring of 2014 he has played host and coach on the WGBH-TV television series “Sing That Thing.”
Before joining BCC, Dr. Trecek-King was a Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Artistic Director of the Nebraska Choral Arts Society, the state’s oldest and largest community choral organization. He earned a B.M. in Cello Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from Florida State University and a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from the Boston University.