Joyful Voices of Inspiration

Bringing great black gospel music to
Metro Boston, Massachusetts, and the world for 20 years!
Coming EventsAbout the Choir

Joyful Voices News Briefs – May 13, 2019

Our 2018-2019 Season is rapidly drawing to an end.  Our Year End Concert will be held on June 1st at 3:00PM at the First Parish in Waltham.  All are welecome, admission is FREE!

The other big news is that a group of nearly 40 people are heading out on our annual summer singing tour on July 13-22. This years trip will take us to northern Italy including, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Lucca, Cinque Terre and Milan! The choir will have 20 singers with the rest of the group being family, friends and significant others.  These trips are always special, and because this year is our 20th Anniversary, it is extra special.

Joyful Voices News Brief

Joyful Voices has made a decision not to grow the choir’s size any further than our current 60+ members and focus instead on developing the choir musically into the very best gospel choir we can be.

Joyful Voices hears from so many people who want to join the choir or attend a rehearsal to in order to experience the joy of singing gospel music with Donnell Patterson, and we feel that providing a way for as many as people as possible to sing gospel is an important part of the choir’s mission.

To this end JVOI has undertaken the formation of a new, open to all, monthly gospel sing!

“The First Monday Open Gospel Sing!!

Want to sing some great gospel??? EVERYONE is welcome at our new monthly gospel sings; no experience necessary. Just come and have fun learning marvelous gospel songs from the one and only Donnell Patterson.

“First Monday” open sings will be held on the FIRST MONDAY of every month through May 2019. The 2019-2020 season will begin Monday October 7, 2019 and run through May 4, 2020, at the First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St. from 7:30 – 9:00PM.

There is a suggested $20 participation fee/donation per person per session.

Joyful Voices News Briefs – December 28, 2018

The choir is saddened by the news that our long time friend and choir member, Dr. Richard Levy, passed away on December 25, 2018. Richard LOVED singing with the choir and was instrumental in helping grow the choir by inviting his “Friends of Richard Levy” to come sing with us. Richard and his “friends” have been with us for years and we all will miss Richard deeply.

One of our choir members remembered Richard this way, “He was funny, faithful, faith filled, selfless, talented, kind, compassionate; all the things we aim to be in life. He took care of those whom needed him while on Earth and I know he is watching over and caring for us all from Heaven. My prayers go out to Richard’s family, friends, our JVOI family, and his patients that undoubtedly loved him! I love you so much, Richard. You were a blessing in my life. Rest peacefully.

Let the choir say “Amen”.

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 now starting his sixth season with JVOI and he is so excited to be working with us yet again. (And WE are so excited to have him back once again!!)

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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