St. Agatha’s Choir featured at Holy Cross Cathedral Mass; three Dot singers participated

The Pueri Cantores New England Youth Choral Festival combined choir, with Bishop Robert P. Reed, Mass Celebrant, Dr. Alfred Calabrese, conductor, and Richard J. Clark, archdiocesan and Cathedral music director and organist.

St. Agatha Parish Youth Choir, with Julie Fay as director, includes Dorchester residents Edward Zeinswood (front row, far left), Cyrus Zeinswood and Matthew Gorski (back row, far right). Photos courtesy St. Agatha Church

Fifteen singers from the St. Agatha Parish (Milton) Youth Choir, including three Dorchester youth, participated in the Pueri Cantores New England Youth Choral Festival and Mass on March 9 in the South End’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

The event brought together nearly 100 young singers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, and under the direction of Dr. Alfred Calabrese, the combined choir sang liturgical chant as well as works by Bach, Fauré, and Mozart, at the 4:30 Mass at the cathedral with Bishop Robert P. Reed as celebrant.

Pueri Cantores is the international student choral organization of the Roman Catholic Church.

Directed by Julie Fay, the St. Agatha Youth Choir includes Dorchester residents Edward Zeinswood, Cyrus Zeinswood, and Matthew Gorski.

“It was a fantastic experience for our singers,” said Fay, St. Agatha’s music director and organist. “To be able to sing with so many others from around New England and feel that camaraderie and experience the joy of a common musical language and purpose was a wonderful opportunity.”

The prelude concert and Mass were broadcast on the Cathedral’s YouTube channel and can be viewed at

The St. Agatha Parish Youth Choir is made up of singers in grades 3 and older from area public and Catholic schools, as well as homeschooled students. The Youth Choir sings for the parish’s 9:30 a.m. Mass most Sundays of the school year. For more information about the St. Agatha Parish Youth Choir, contact music director Julie Fay at

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