The Advent's musical tradition has been renowned for generations. Drawing on the resources of a region rich in world-class musicians, the Choirs offer a varied repertoire performed to the highest standards, supported by the historic Aeolian-Skinner organ, a landmark of the American Classic Style.
The Choir of the Church of the Advent sings at the 11:15 Solemn Mass on Sundays, Lessons & Carols for Advent and Christmas, the evening services of Holy Week, and programs a concert every spring. The Choir has issued numerous recordings on the Arsis label.
The Parish Choir sings at the Sunday 9:00 a.m. Mass (Rite II) from late September through Trinity Sunday and also sing occasional Sunday Evensong services. Composed of enthusiastic volunteers from the community, the Parish Choir's repertoire is diverse and includes choral works of major composers from the 16th through the 20th centuries. Rehearsals during the season are usually Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
A History of Advent Organs
For two and a half centuries Boston has been a city of organs and organ-builders. When Thomas Brattle’s little chamber organ arrived from London in 1708 it was quite a novelty; the Reverend Joseph Green of Salem noted in his diary that he had been to Brattle’s house and “heard ye organ and saw strange things in a microscope.” In those days an organ in a home was a delight, but an organ in a church was an abomination. [Continue Reading]