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All Saints’ Choir of Men & Boys, Ashmont (Boston), Massachusetts

This biographical information was current as of the 2003 release date of Pro Organo CD 7179: ALL SAINTS’ CHOIR OF MEN & BOYS has been in existence since 1888, and is one of only thirty such choirs in the United States today. The choir exists to provide musical leadership for nearly all the choral services sung at The Parish of All Saints in addition to non-liturgical engagements in the Boston area, which include performing Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with the Boston University Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra at Symphony Hall. The choir also travels, leading choral services in such places as St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City, St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo NY, and Christ Church in New Haven CT. The choir has accepted an invitation to sing in ­residence for one week at Washington National Cathedral in Washington DC during the summer of 2004. The choir’s repertory consists of sacred music from Palestrina and Byrd to Messiaen and Pärt. Beyond the free musical education that they receive, the boys learn the value of self-mastery, teamwork, and service. And, as professional musicians, they are all paid according to their rank in the choir under Royal School of Church Music guidelines. The boys ­rehearse from September through June, and are joined by men of the Greater Boston community. To learn more about the choir, or to be put on the music mailing list, please contact The Parish of All Saints, 209 Ashmont Street, Boston MA 02124, 617.436.3520 extension 221.