Joyful Voices of Inspiration

Bringing great black gospel music to
Metro Boston, Massachusetts, and the world for 24 years!


"There is potential in gospel music to touch and unite across barriers of race and class.
Who knows; perhaps gospel music is the much-sought link that can unite the people of this nation across barriers of race and color, class and creed

Derrick Bell
"Gospel Choirs"

About Joining the Choir

 (Updated September 29, 2022)

We have returned to singing in person after being apart through much of the pandemic...yeah! Rehearsals are on Monday evenings at First Parish in Waltham.

Traveling on tour in the summer is a very important part of JVOI's mission to share this uniquely American gospel music with others around the world. Traveling on a musical tour and meeting the local people in other countries is an amazing experience you won't ever forget!

The choir is considering inviting a few new singers to join this season ONLY IF they are willing and able to commit to self-funded travel on our Summer 2023 Tour TO GREECE!!

Tour details are currently in the process of being prepared, but we anticipate going to Greece in early to mid-July at a $4,500+ price. The final cost is dependent on the number of travelers who register. The more people who register, the less expensive the cost per person.

If this sounds like an amazing experience you want to be part of, please contact Mary Bergeron at The Board of Directors will reach out to you about our application process joining the choir.

New singers who are invited to join will be expected to put down a $500 non-refundable tour deposit to ensure a spot on the tour. We will only consider applications from those who do commit to travel.

Our Mission

Gospel music is both a powerful inspirational medium and a uniquely American art form. The choir’s mission is to share their inspiring gospel music with others and, in doing so, promote the appreciation of gospel music through education about the history and development of the music.

Founded as a traveling choir, JVOI loves to travel and goes on singing tour most every summer. The choir has visited Italy (twice), France, Holland, Ireland, Brazil,  Costa Rica, Argentina, Barcelona Spain and Germany!!

Joyful Voices of Inspiration frequently donates their services at civic and fund raising events in the Boston area.

Our Director

Donnell Patterson is our Music Director and is amazing to work with. He is one of Boston’s premiere gospel choir directors, and we are blessed to have him.

Donnell Patterson

We are truly blessed to have such an energetic, dynamic, enthusiastic, talented and FUN director as Donnell
Click here to learn more about Donnell

Book the Choir

Joyful Voices of Inspiration loves to perform! From church services, and fund raising concerts, gospel festivals and programs for the elderly or the infirmed, Joyful Voices is available for performances of many kinds.

To learn more about having Joyful Voices perform, please contact Mr. Norris Welch, Joyful Voices’ Vice President of Operations, at (617) 361-9717 or e-mail us at regarding fees and availability.

Joyful Voices are available to perform from late September to early July.

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you!
Joyful Voices of Inspiration
PO Box 6318
Lincoln MA  01773-6318
For Booking Information: 617-361-9717

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