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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.


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October/November Calendar

Fri 10/21 Pine Street Inn - Women's 363 Albany St., Boston 7:30 PM Songfest
Wed 10/26 Holy Family Shelter 1 Lingard Street, Dorchester, MA 7:30 PM WORKSHOP
Fri 10/28 Harvard Ed Portal 224 Western Ave., Allston 4:00 PM Farmers Market
Wed 11/2 Holy Family Shelter 1 Lingard Street, Dorchester, MA 7:30 PM WORKSHOP
Fri 11/4

United Parish Note: Date Change

64 Hancock St., Newton 7:30 PM Rehearsal
Mon 11/7 Providence House 180 Corey Rd, Brighton 7:30 PM Songfest
Wed 11/9 Holy Family Shelter 1 Lingard Street, Dorchester, MA 7:30 PM Wrkshp Graduation
Fri 11/11 VA Hospital  Location TBD 1:00 PM Songfest
Tues 11/15 Shattuck Shelter 170 Morton St., Jamaica Plain 7:30 PM Songfest
Mon 11/21 NE Center for Homeless Vets 17 Court St., Boston 6:00 PM Songfest
Tues 11/29 Shattuck Shelter 170 Morton St., Jamaica Plain 7:30 PM Songfest


2016 Calendar of Events



June Rehearsal

at Pine Street Inn for Women


Testimonial from Tim McHale 5-4-16

The Minstrels played at the all-female Woods Mullen shelter last night.  It was a cold, rainy night and we had few minstrels but lots of residents attending, about 30.  We had a very spirited night.  During set-up, I was noticed and admonished by the “mopping czar”.  She was giving anyone who came near her wet floor a hard time about foot prints and being a general annoyance to her.  There was some back and forth between her and her “sisters”, it got testy at times.  I stayed clear.

After an hour and a half of great participatory singing, we sang “Imagine” in the closing circle.  One women I know for years from singing spoke at reflection time and said that she’s been homeless for so long but she moves into her apartment tomorrow!  That brought cheers and joy.  But then the “czar” got up and said the most beautiful thing.  She said, “Ladies, can you feel this?  What we have right now, this love and good feeling?  Let’s try to have this every day when we live with each other and treat each other with love and respect”.

Seems she cleaned more than floors this night.































Thanks to our 25th Annual













McHale and Company, Inc.

Construction Management Services







Godino & Company, Inc.

Winslow Architects

Owl Engineering

Paula Fuchs

Senator Sal DiMenico

Richard and Carolyn Frost

Brian Golden

Rep. Brian Honan

January and Kevin Riely

Larry and Pam Fishman

Nancy Meder

Stephen Branson

Karen Smith & Al Wallace

Mark Koepper



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.