Sheltering Voices


A musical initiative to empower homeless women, educate the public on domestic abuse issues, and support local homeless shelters.

Our major project for the 2017–18 season will center around homeless women who receive support from shelters in Boston and Cambridge, MA. Our vision is to recruit and bring together a choir of homeless women – combined with women from local professional choirs – and to commission Stephanie Ann Boyd, our Composer-in-Residence, to write a piece for this new choir and the orchestra. The lyrics will be written by poet and women’s rights advocate Jessica Lynn Suchon, whose creative work is  about shedding the shame and stigma around discussing female-related trauma. Jessica will interview participants in the choir in fall 2017 and construct the lyrics for the commission based on partipicant's personal stories. We are calling the commissioned work “Sheltering Voices.”

The world premiere of “Sheltering Voices” is being planned for May 2018 at the Church of the Covenant in Boston. Our mission is to empower this group of women as they share their stories through music and performance, and a percentage of concert proceeds will directly benefit the "Women's Lunch Place," an organization that receives approximately 225 women each day, most of whom have experienced trauma, abuse, and loss without judgment or requirements for assistance. It is located in the basement of the Church of the Covenant.

Currently, we are seeking financial support for this project and developing partnerships with local community and civic organizations.