Andrew Carpentier joined the Chorus in 2010 with a "great group of newbies". He grew up in Waterbury CT until he went away to a boys' RC high school in NH. He studied at Assumption College In Worcester MA & has a BA degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He also did graduate studies at Weston Jesuit School of Theology here in Cambridge. But he eventually chucked the plans for the RC priesthood, joined the Episcopal Church, and pursued a career in property-casualty insurance - which he describes as "less of a moral hazard than the priesthood". He is retired from that career during which he managed a national company's operation here in MA and New England with a staff of just under 200. During that time he was active in legislative and regulatory lobbying, which explains his continued involvement in MA politics. He splits his time between painting in and out of studios, time at his seacoast home in Maine, and trips to the St Louis area to see his two grandkids. He is glad to devote some of his time now to the Chorus which he joined to continue his love of singing [also singing with the Tanglewood POPS Chorus and St Paul's Episcopal Brookline] and promote a positive image through the Outreach concerts.
Andy describes his participation: “The social aspect of the Chorus is very important to me - both for ourselves and for the youth we meet through our concerts. We strive to provide a positive role model with the hope that youth today can be their 'true colors' without the stigma or repression of the past. It continues to pain me that so many suffer under religious repression from many organized religions - those yokes need to be shed!”