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Boston Minstrel Company Silouette

Minstrel n  (Historical Term) a medieval wandering musician who performed songs or recited poetry with instrumental accompaniment

Vision:  Making music with heart among isolated people living in poverty.


When the loneliness of seclusion and pain of homelessness are impacted by music, a sense of human connection and positive change develops.  When guest or resident becomes the performer, there is transformation.  Hope is forged. Live interactive music activates joy and conjures up possibility.  Music heals.

Enter the Boston Minstrels, Boston’s troupe of volunteer singers and musicians that offer compassionate and creative musical expression to folks residing in shelters, prisons, and senior homes.

Since 1991, the Minstrels have been providing energetic and warm-hearted performances that lift people’s spirits.  The benefits of live music, participatory singing and dancing are now proven to lift emotional states, ignite imagination, and arouse joy and revelry.  When the curtain falls, all are in a state of happiness and well-being.

There are over eighty Minstrel events yearly and nearly one hundred volunteers comprise the chorale.  Thousands of participants are rejuvenated every year.


Announcements and Features


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Listen to Interview with Adam Ragusea of WBUR

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Mark Teehan from WERS *mp3




May Calendar


Sun 5/1 Walk for Hunger Silber Way Overpass 10:30 AM Cheer Them On!
Wed 5/4 Woods Mullen Shelter 784 Mass Av., Roxbury 7:30 PM Songfest
Tues 5/11 Longwood Cricket Club 564 Hammond St., Chestnut Hill 7:30 PM Songfest
Fri 5/13 United Parish of Auburndale 64 Hancock St., Newton 7:30 PM Rehearsal
Th 5/19 Holy Family Shelter 1 Lingard Street, Dorchester, MA 7:30 PM Songfest
Sat 5/21 Newton Pianos Newton Center 1:00 PM Outdoor Piano/sing
Fri 5/27 Caspar Shelter 240 Albany St., Cambridge 7:30 PM Songfest
Sat 5/28 Newton Pianos Newton Highlands 1:00 PM Outdoor Piano/sing
Tues 5/31 NE Center & Home for Vets 17 Court St., Boston 7:30 PM Mem Day Songfest


2016 Calendar of Events


Our formula for making music with heart is very simple.  Music creates joy, joy creates hope, and hope creates change.  Music can change the world and making music together with you is a great benefit for anyone to receive.  The power of a singing voice is transcendent.




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Stephen Branson

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