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Annual Appeal

Blue Heron, widely recognized as North America’s finest early music vocal ensemble, owes its success to a combination of Scott Metcalfe’s visionary leadership, the brilliance of its stellar musicians, and the enthusiastic support of you, members of the Blue Heron family. Quite simply, Blue Heron’s success as an internationally acclaimed, award-winning leader in early music would be impossible without your generosity, for which we offer our sincere gratitude.

Your support has enabled Blue Heron to win rave reviews such as these:

At once cerebral, sensitive, and sensual … At 600 years young and vivid as ever, Ockeghem has found in Blue Heron a worthy interpreter and advocate.
The Boston Musical Intelligencer

… a model of deep but impeccably poised expression … rare grace, serenity, and style …
The Boston Globe

Under Metcalfe, the ensemble delivers musical rhetoric of immense beauty.
Early Music

Fresh off the release of our recent CD, Guillaume de Machaut: Remede de Fortune (in collaboration with Les Délices), we are now currently working on the much-anticipated Johannes Ockeghem: Volume 2 CD for release in the fall of 2023. And in addition to producing the highest quality programming you expect, we also look forward to:

  • Planning stages for celebrations in honor of our 25th Anniversary;
  • Engaging our community through workshops and symposia; and,
  • Exploring avenues and resources for virtual access to concerts.

Your support is central to our mission. As you consider your charitable year-end giving, please contribute to the Blue Heron Annual Fund as generously as you are able. If you are retired and taking Required Minimum Distributions you may want to consider that as a source for donations to Blue Heron – please contact us for details.

You have our most sincere thanks!

Kathleen C. Brittan

Former Executive Director

Why I Support Blue Heron:

I SUPPORT BLUE HERON enthusiastically because it’s a stellar musical ensemble showcasing masterpieces from the Medieval and Renaissance repertoire, delivering first-rate concerts with razor-precise intonation and polyphonic clarity, presenting intelligently curated programs as perfectly balanced as the music itself.

-Kenneth Bé

BLUE HERON HAS TAUGHT ME that “good ensemble” and empassioned soloistic singing can go hand in hand. One senses from the audience that the singers and instrumentalists of Blue Heron experience the group as a great gift to their musical lives – as great a gift as it is to ours.

-Deborah Malamud

WHEN I FIRST ENCOUNTERED BLUE HERON in 2006, I noted with excitement their program consisted of rarely-performed works by Ockeghem and Perotin. What other group did that? If that wasn’t enough to lure me, the concert itself was exquisite. I was hooked and have been a devoted champion and follower of Blue Heron ever since.

– Ann Besser Scott

WE DISCOVERED BLUE HERON EARLY ON. As part of the Blue Heron family, it continues to be an amazing journey as our enjoyment and knowledge of early music grows. With their gorgeous performances and warm connection with the audience, we eagerly anticipate our next encounter!

-Peggy & Jim Bradley

Click below to support Blue Heron with a donation by credit or debit card:


We welcome donations by check, made payable to “Blue Heron”, and mailed to:
Blue Heron
950 Watertown Street, Suite 8
West Newton, MA 02465

Contributions will be acknowledged in our concert program books at the following levels of support:

Archangel $10,000 and above
Angel $5,000 – $9,999
Benefactor $2,500 – $4,999
Guarantor $1,250 – $2,499
Patron $600 – $1,249
Sponsor $300 – $599
Supporter $125 – $299
Friend $50 – $124

Stocks and IRA distributions
Blue Heron does accept gifts of stock. Contact us for information on how to make a stock transfer. Did you know that distributions from IRAs made directly to Blue Heron may also receive favorable tax treatment? Ask your financial advisor.

Matching gifts
Did you know the value of your gift can be doubled? Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. If your employer sponsors a matching program, please leverage your support: request a matching gift form from your employer, and send the completed and signed form in to Blue Heron with your donation. We will do the rest.

Underwriting a concert
Would you like to dedicate a concert to the memory of a special person in your life? Or, in honor of someone? You can do so by underwriting a major portion of the costs of a single concert on our Cambridge series. Learn more about this opportunity.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Blue Heron Renaissance Choir, Inc. is a a tax-exempt non-profit organization under IRS code section 501(c)(3). Tax ID: 04-3522239.