Photography: Ruth Godderz

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"My name is Joseph and I have been an All Saints Choir member since the second grade (I am now in college). The choir impacted me greatly, giving me a sense of responsibility from a young age - and more confidence when the time came for apply for jobs. Choir not only gives you knowledge in music but in other subjects too, for example, we sing in Latin, Greek and German, we actually go through and translate the words so that we understand what we are singing. We learn to shape the music that we are singing into something greater. The choir is my life, it's my second home. I can't wait for vacations to go right back."

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The Choir
The Choir

The All Saints' Choir of Men and Boys (also known as the Ashmont Boy Choir) is modeled on the English Cathedral choral tradition in which boys sing the soprano voice in mass settings, anthems, motets, Psalms, and hymns. The Choir sings every Sunday 10:00 am Solemn High Mass, during the school year, as well as at special services and events such as Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve, Holy Week, and community events.

The Choir
The Experience
The Experience

The young men are constantly immersed in some of the finest music ever written ranging from the works of early composers such as Byrd, Tallis, and Palestrina, through the great continental composers, to the modern English (and American) cathedral repertoire still being written, most of it written for boy choristers.

The Experience
Seen...and heard
Seen...and heard.

The All Saints Boy Choir is featured in many other events, both for the Parish community, and for greater Boston. These include Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve, Holy Week, Candlemas, the Feast of All Saints, The Bach Project, and special events such as the inauguration of Mayor Walsh. This is a highly visible and well-respected musical ensemble.

Seen...and heard
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Membership in the Choir is free of charge and open to any boy who enjoys singing. No prior musical experience or religious affiliation is required: basic receptivity to musical training, and a firm commitment of time for rehearsals and services are the only requirements.

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Nunc dimittis (Henry Purcell), recorded during the Candelmas Evensong, held jointly February 1, 2015 with the choir of All Saints, Worcester.


A Choir Photo Album
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06 The annual Candlemas evensong

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Score and page

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Cantoris

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04b Good times before the mass

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Young men of the choir

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09 Responsibility and preparation

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Contemplation

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05a The view from the choir

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Chorister

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01 Mr Sheranian

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07 The annual summer retreat in Vermont

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Levity

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Join the Choir of All Saints

Membership in the Choir is free of charge and open to any boy who enjoys singing. No prior musical experience or religious affiliation is required: basic receptivity to musical training, and a firm commitment of time for rehearsals and services are the only requirements. The best time for a boy to join the Choir is between 3rd and 5th grade, although older boys (through 7th grade) are also considered for admission. We begin with an interview – a simple, stress-free process requiring no preparation, although a parent is required to attend. Most boys come to the Choir with no prior singing experience. Please contact Andrew Sheranian, the Organist and Master of Choristers at organist@allsaints.net, 617-436-3520, ext. 212, or use the secure form for more information or to set up an interview.

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Repertoire

(schedule during academic year)

Sunday Mornings

Mass setting (Gloria / Kyrie, Sanctus / Benedictius, Agnus Dei)
typical: Howells, Vaughan Williams, Darke, Palestrina, Victoria, Schubert
Psalm (Anglican Chant, SATB)  
Anthem / Motet
Hymns (featured in occasional a cappella, solo, and descant verses)
 

Evensong

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis
typical: Dyson, Stanford, Purcell, Leighton, Byrd, Tomkin
Preces and Responses
    typical: Rose, Shephard, Byrd, Gibbons, Tallis
Psalm (Anglican Chant)
Anthem
Hymns (featured in occasional a cappella, solo, and descant verses)
 

Evensong, Candlemas procession.
Candlemas Procession - Parish of ALl Saints, Ashmont

Parish Feasts and Fasts

All Saints (Feast of Title - Solemn High Mass, Evensong)
Evensong sung jointly with All Saints, Worcester - at Worcester

Candlemas    
Evensong with Benediction, sung jointly with All Saints Worcester - at Ashmont

Christmas
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
The Eve of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas Eve)

Holy Week
Palm Sunday with Procession
Maundy Thursday
Good Friday
The Great Vigil of Easter

Easter Day
 

Community - SOME previous appearances

The Bach Project - Motet Ich lasse dich nicht (J.S. Bach, BWV 159 anhalt)

Inauguration of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (interfaith service, Old South Church)

Consecration of The Rt. Rev. Alan Gates, Episcopal Bishop of Massachusetts

Guest choir in Winthrop, Milton, and elsewhere - Lessons and Carols

Concert “Children SIng for Peace” (Benefit for the Martin Richards family)

Choral Evensong at the Society of St John the Evangelist monastery, Cambridge

Choral Evensong at the Society of St. Margaret, Duxbury

Evensong at St. John’s Church in Winthrop

Sung Vespers / Choral Evensong - jointly with the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School

St. Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach with Harvard University (2013), Boston University (2016), Brown University (2017).

Concert appearances with the Harvard Glee Club on an annual basis.

Participation in Royal School of Church Music Courses each summer.

Annual summer choir camp at on location at St. John’s Church in Essex, NY.