Founder & Artistic Director

Samuel Martinborough,
Mssng Lnks Founder and Director
 
 

As a person of color, I experienced first-hand a “double stigma” that unfortunately still exists in many communities today. Often times vocalists are treated like second-class musicians simply because they choose to sing instead of play a “real instrument,” and minority vocalists are often placed even further down “the food chain.”

As a minority student, I understood what it was like to need, and not always receive the level of support — financial, logistical, emotional or otherwise — that would have made my journey a bit easier.

My own journey — at turns rewarding, frustrating, and overwhelming — led me in 2004 to create Mssng Lnks, a non-profit organization focused on helping these students often “on the outside” get the support they need as they pursue vocal or musical training. I knew that I could have the greatest impact by leveraging my own personal experiences as an educator, conductor, vocalist and Guyanese.

Armed with the many invaluable lessons I had learned, I was confident that I could help prepare up-and-coming vocal professionals for the challenging journey ahead of them. From the beginning, I knew that I wanted the organization to utilize a three-pronged approach education, collaboration and historical perspective to help aspiring teenaged vocalists pursue their dreams, get into college and stay there.

I am extremely proud of the work Mssng Lnks is currently doing in the areas of education and community inter-gration. While we are a young organization, we have accomplished so much already — and yet there’s still so much more to do.

If you would like to get involved or have any ideas to share, we would love to hear from you.

Please contact Samuel Martinborough, Director, at smartinborough@mssnglnks.org.

Founder’s Bio

Born in Guyana, South America, Sam Martinborough obtained a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, MA and a Master's degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College, Boston. He has conducted choirs of all ages in Guyana, Trinidad, Antigua, Tortola and Boston, taking his choirs on seven national and international concert tours, and was the founding director and conductor of both the Indian Hill Arts Treble Singers in Littleton MA and the United Voices of Praise at Framingham State College. His music and theatre teaching engagements encompass all grade levels, kindergarten through college.

Samuel Martinborough,
Mssng Lnks Founder and Director

His passion for teaching has earned him recognition in Who's Who Among America's Teachers and Who's Who in America. His love of theatre has landed him roles at the Rochester Opera House, Fiddlehead theatre, Boston's ImprovAsylum and the Footlight Club. His desire to combine his passions has produced a meaningful relationship with the Handel & Haydn Society's Outreach Vocal Quartette as both an author and performer.

At the Community Music Center, Sam directs the Community Music Center Youth Chorus and Una Voce. Through Mssng Lnks he teaches at the Amigos and Boston Collegiate Charter Schools. Sam also serves as the Choir director at the Congregational Church in Weston MA, and has just completed his second term as Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Director's Association.

He is actively researching and archiving classical music by Black composers and Broadway musicals with minority casts. This research coupled with his interest in World music and his devotion to education has prompted the formation of Mssng Lnks, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting high school vocalists from Metro-Boston's urban neighborhoods through vocal education and in-depth collaboration with area performing organizations.

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