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


Announcements and Features


Click to see these two short videos of what we do    

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Listen to Interview with Adam Ragusea of WBUR

*mp3 format

Listen to Interview with

Mark Teehan from WERS *mp3




Feb/March Calendar



Feb 5

Date Change



64 Hancock St., Newton, MA 

7:30 PM Monthly Rehearsal
Fri 2/19 Father Bill's Place 38 Broad St., Quincy, MA 7:30 PM Songfest 
Wed 2/24 Rosie's Place 889 Harrison Ave., Boston 5:00 PM Songfest 
Fri 2/26 Caspar Shelter 240 Albany St., Cambridge, MA 7:30 PM Songfest 
Fri 3/11 United Parish of Auburndale

64 Hancock St., Newton, MA 

7:30 PM Monthly Rehearsal
Tues 3/15 NE Center & Home for Vets 18 Court St., Boston 7:30 PM WORKSHOP
Th 3/17 Plymouth Crossing (Tim's Mom) 157 South St., Plymouth 2:00 PM St. Patrick's
Fri 3/18 Pine Street Inn - Women's 444 Harrison Ave., Boston 7:30 PM Songfest
Mon 3/21 Shattuck Shelter 170 Morton St., Jamaica Plain 7:30 PM Songfest
Tues 3/22 NE Center & Home for Vets 17 Court St., Boston 7:30 PM WORKSHOP
Th 3/24 Holy Family Shelter 1 Lingard Street, Dorchester, MA 7:30 PM Songfest
Tues 3/29 NE Center & Home for Vets 17 Court St., Boston 7:30 PM WORKSHOP


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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