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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

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Mark Teehan from WERS *mp3



July/August Calendar of Events


Fri 7/10 United Parish 64 Hancock St., Newton 7:30 PM Rehearsal
Sat 7/18 Shattuck Shelter 170 Morton St., Jamaica Plain 4:30 PM Songfest/BBQ
Fri 8/14 United Parish 64 Hancock St., Newton 7:30 PM Rehearsal






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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