The boy and teen singers are constantly immersed in some of the finest music ever written. Most of the music the Choir sings—ranging from the works of early English composers such as Byrd and Tallis, to continental composers such as Victoria and Palestrina, to the Baroque and Classical works of Bach, Haydn, and Mozart, and to the 19th- and 20th-century English cathedral repertoire from Stanford to Howells and beyond—was originally written for boys to sing, and is therefore ideally suited for their voices and intellects.

Through its affiliation with the Royal School of Church Music in America, the Choir employs a graded curriculum of music education which ensures that the boys master essential musicianship skills, such as sight-reading, theory, and healthy vocal technique. Since the Choir sings new music each week, the singers perform hundreds of pieces of music each year.

The boys quickly become proficient singing in several languages, including Latin, German, and French. They also learn a great deal by singing next to some of the finest professional singers in the Boston area, who sing the alto, tenor, and bass parts in the Choir. This core of professional singers is augmented by volunteers, as well as a vibrant group of teenage boys who grew up singing in the Choir and who are welcomed to continue singing after voice change.

In recognition of the service they provide to the parish, the boys are treated as professionals and receive a stipend for their work and are paid for each rehearsal and service they attend. This stipend provides an important motivator for attendance and for hard work, as the rate of pay is tied to skill development and excellence.

In addition to singing, the boys always find time for fun, including basketball! The church boasts an indoor gymnasium, which the boys enjoy before and after services and rehearsals. The boys also attend a summer choir camp in Essex, NY, on the shores of Lake Champlain, which is free of charge for the singers and is made possible by a partnership with St. John's Episcopal Church in Essex.
Senior choristers In the choir room A great place for young choristers Teaching the importance of preparation View from the choir Decani, ie, the deacon's side Young men, learning ageless music Young-men-of-the-choir Mr. Sheranian Candlemas, February 2015

Service Times

Sundays

7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m. Low Mass
9:00 a.m. Adult Christian Education*
10:00 a.m. Solemn Mass
11:30 a.m. Coffee Hour

* during the academic year

Weekdays

Low Mass
Wednesday 10 a.m. *
Friday 7 a.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.

* followed by coffee hour

 

Location and Parking

209 Ashmont Street
Dorchester MA 02124
(617) 436-6370

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All Saints is located in the south Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, just off Peabody Square, at 209 Ashmont St. and is a very short walk from the Ashmont T station on the Red Line. (Click icon for map.)

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The five principal levels of our buildings are handicap accessible, served by a five-stop elevator. Handicap access into both buildings is by a walkway and ADA-compliant ramp from the parking lot to the Ashmont Street door of the church.  There are handicap accessible bathrooms on four levels of the church and parish house.

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There is a private parking lot for 47 cars and on-street parking on both Ashmont Street and on the other streets surrounding the church.

Four of these spaces are reserved for Zipcars.

Parish of All Saints, Ashmont

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Our emphasis at the Parish of All Saints is on sacramental worship (the Mass or Holy Eucharist) celebrated in a traditional Anglo-Catholic style, with strong orthodox teaching and preaching, supportive pastoral care, a caring parish family, and responsibility to our community and the greater world.

 
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