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Roberta Humez founded Youth pro Musica in 1970 and served as Artistic Director for 25 years.  Under her direction, YpM appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (in Boston, at Tanglewood and Carnegie Hall), the Boston Pops, Opera Company of Boston, American Repertory Theater, Cantata Singers, the American Boychoir, on National Public Radio and with many university and community-based ensembles.  YpM cultivated a diverse repertoire with a focus on new music, commissioning works by Daniel Pinkham, Peter Child, Samuel Adler, John Heiss and others.  In addition, Roberta demonstrated how choral music can serve the community, each season planning performances at hospitals, nursing homes, libraries and for charitable organizations.

Roberta Humez was a guiding light and pioneer of the Greater Boston choral community.  With her own brand of enthusiasm, discipline and humor, Roberta profoundly influenced generations of choral singers and audience members — a lasting impact that will be felt for years to come.
Roberta’s memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 10, at 2 p.m. at the First Unitarian Society in Newton  A group of YpM alums will sing together in honor of Roberta.  If you’d like to participate, please contact Suzie Cartreine or Allison Jones
The contributions of Roberta Humez were recognized with many awards during her lifetime, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from Choral Arts New England.
You can read Roberta’s full obituary at


Our Spring 2022 Concert will happen on the evening of Saturday, June 4th, at Eliot Church, 474 Centre Street, in Newton, Massachusetts. Our program will include Frostiana, seven country songs with poetry by Robert Frost, set to music by Randall ThompsonJoin us!


To Music
A Winter Concert by Youth pro Musica

Newton City Hall,

War Memorial Auditorium

Sunday, December 19, 3:00 pm

Adults: $15

Age 16 and under: free

Motets by Salomone Rossi
and selections from Handel’s Messiah

Holiday sing-a-long

Valerie Becker, pianist
Robert Barney, Artistic Director
Youth pro Musica

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