Ashmont Boys Choir Camp
Provides a four day summer camp experience for the members of the Ashmont Boy Choir of the Parish of All Saints in Dorchester, Massachusetts (a neighborhood of Boston).
The Choir is notable for its racial and ethnic diversity, and is one of fewer than twenty such choirs left in the United States today.
Each morning, the boys and teens work on music skills and rehearse service music at St. John's. In the afternoon, they take part in healthy activities in the Adirondacks (such as hiking, boating and swimming). Parishoners host the singers in their homes and chaperone the various activities. Each evening, a different parishoner hosts a dinner, after which the Choir leads those present in singing Compline.
The choir camp ends with the Choir singing on Sunday at our Eucharist Service. Many of the Ashmont singers come from economically-challenged families, and the choir camp at St. John's represents their only summer camp experience.
The All Saints' Choir of Men and Boys (also known as the Ashmont Boy Choir), is modeled on the English Cathedral choral tradition and assists in leading worship at the 10:00 am Solemn High Mass at All Saints' on Sundays during the school year. The Choir performs the finest sacred music from Gregorian chant to the works of living composers, singing a full mass setting, a psalm setting, and an anthem or motet every Sunday.
In addition, the Choir seeks to enrich the life of the greater Boston community through its concerts, collaborations with other choirs, and recordings. Ethnic and racial diversity is a hallmark of the Choir, and this highly-valued diversity mirrors the demographic makeup of the parish and of its Dorchester neighborhood.
The boys and teens—aged 7 to 18 and mostly coming from the neighborhoods and communities surrounding Dorchester—are joined by professional and volunteer adult singers from the greater Boston area.
A partnership with the Harvard Glee Club puts the boys in regular contact with young Harvard men through the Archibald T. Davison Fellowship. ("Doc" Davison was Organist at All Saints' in the early 20th century until he left to become University Organist at Harvard, eventually becoming the first formal director of the Glee Club.) The Davison Fellow attends weekly rehearsals, assisting with musical training and providing homework assistance and other mentoring support, and also sings with the Choir during services and performances.
The Choir provides the boys a safe place in which to make new friends, experience the uplifting power of great music, discover the value of teamwork and responsibility, and learn musical and life skills that will last them a lifetime.
Ashmont Boy Choir featured on WGBH
The boys and the choir of All Saints Parish were featured on WGBH's "Open Studio with Jared Bowen". The Master of Choristers gives the boys their due, and the feature includes clips of mass with the full choir, and notes on the recent restoration.
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