About

Building Bridges Through Music, Inc, is a nonprofit, multicultural, educational, expressive arts organization. 

  A mother & daughter team – Executive Director Virginia Peacock-Makkers & Artistic Programs Director Doreen Murray.

A mother & daughter team – Executive Director Virginia Peacock-Makkers & Artistic Programs Director Doreen Murray.

  •  Our name connects with the organizational growth, creating greater opportunities for the community.

  • Our community youth programs in particular reflect our goal to develop through educational enhancement.
  • Our future goal is to create programs for those facing physical challenges and disabilities, and who wish to participate in the performance community.
  • Our mission is to craft better opportunities, and voice for community involvement.
  • Our work addresses issues of acceptance within diverse ethnic, religious and socioeconomic communities.

We apply and achieve consistent change using music as a universal language.  By bringing children and adults together,  as participants and  as audience members.We are a recognized 501 (C) (3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. We have been the serving Lynn and surrounding North Shore Communities since 2000.

OUR FOUNDERS

Virginia Peacock-Makkers -M.Ed, Co-founder, Executive Director

Ms. Makkers has provided music education, teaching music theory and co-musical chorus director, along with daughter, Doreen Murray at KIPP Academy, and the Robert Ford Community School Lynn, MA. She is an accomplished classical and gospel pianist and has served as Minister of Music at Zion Baptist Church. Her professional musical experience expands over six decades.

Doreen Murray -Co-founder, M.Ed, Artistic Programs Director

Ms. Murray acts as Choir Director for Follow Hymn Interfaith Choir; vocal coach; and instructor of traditional West African dance at Building Bridges. She is the gospel choir workshop co-presenter along with her mother, Virginia Makkers, throughout the Greater Boston area, a professional soloist, performing artist, and playwright. She also directs and provides vocal support for the choir for Zion Baptist Church, Lynn, MA.