Founded in 2000 through NEC’s Community Collaborations Program, the NEC Millennium Gospel Choir was created to give praise and prayerful welcome to the coming of a new age. The 200 members, drawn from church choirs throughout the greater Boston area, were individually selected because of their superior dedication, vocal technique, range, and commitment to gospel music.
During its debut year, the choir shared the Jordan Hall stage with Richard Smallwood as part of NEC’s 21st Annual Thomas A. Dorsey Gospel Jubilee. The Boston Globe was captivated: “Always, the power of the choir was palpable, and its ability to sound reverent, even tender, was riveting.” That same weekend, an unprecedented performance took place at Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross, with support from the Archdiocese of Boston, the Boston Cultural Council, and Gillette.
The Millennium Choir is ministered to and directed by an ensemble of preeminent ministers of music/choir directors at churches across the city. Each musical director is a recipient of NEC’s prestigious Gospel Music Award. The directors are: Min. Freda Battle, David Coleman, James A. Early, Evelyn Lee Jones, Herb Jones, Renese King, Dennis Montgomery III, Donnell Patterson, George W. Russell, Jr., Jonathan Singleton, Dennis Slaughter, and Hobert S. Yates. Choir coordinators are Patricia Dance and Donnell Patterson.
Sunday, July 21
Saturday, July 20