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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


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Listen to Interview with Adam Ragusea of WBUR

*mp3 format

Listen to Interview with

Mark Teehan from WERS *mp3



November/December Calendar of Events


Wed 11/4 Providence House 180 Corey Rd, Brighton 7:30 PM Songfest
Th 11/5 NECHV 17 Court St., Boston 7:30 PM Workshop
Wed 11/11 Brockton VA 940 Belmont St (Rt 123), Brockton 2:00 PM Songfest
Th 11/12 NECHV 17 Court St., Boston 7:30 PM Workshop
Fri 11/13 United Parish 64 Hancock St., Newton 7:30 PM Rehearsal
Th 11/19 NECHV 17 Court St., Boston 7:30 PM Workshop
Mon 11/23 NE Center for Homeless Vets 17 Court St., Boston 7:30 PM Songfest 
Tues 12/8 MCI  Middlesex* Loring Drive, Framingham 6:30 PM Songfest *(must be pre-approved)
Fri 12/11 Holiday Rehearsal TBD 7:30 PM Holiday Party/Rehearsal
Mon 12/14 Caspar Shelter 240 Albany St., Cambridge 7:30 PM Songfest
Wed 12/16 Father Bill's Place 38 Broad St., Quincy 7:30 PM Songfest
Fri 12/18 Shattuck Shelter 170 Morton St., Jamaica Plain 7:30 PM Songfest
Mon  12/21 NE Center for Homeless Vets 17 Court St., Boston 7:30 PM Songfest


Click for entire 2015 Calendar of Events



Thank You! to This Year's Rock the House Sponsors


Maestro $1,000+






Composer $500+




Virtuoso $250+


McHale and Company, Inc. 

Construction Management Services

The Fishing Academy



Band $100+

Cecilia Arce Carrera, PhD - Mathmatics Education & Tutoring Services

Billy Byron, Musical Entertainer for Hire

Karen G. Andres, Attorney at Law

       Steven A. Branson


Neponset Valley Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Dotty Burnstein

Anne Kibrick

Elizabeth Peters Olsen

Kevin Honan, State Representative

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