Guest Artists

Joyce Andersen

  • Violin Troubadour

Joyce Andersen is a veteran musician who has enjoyed a varied 20 year career as side-gal, session player, singer-songwriter, and band leader. Her live shows and recordings showcase her versatility as a vocalist and violinist who thrives on writing and interpreting songs across many genres from old-time, rock & Americana, spirituals, folk, pop, & swing….

Ysaye Maria Barnwell

  • Musician, Composer, Arranger
  • Singer
  • Teacher, Choral Clinician

“The list of song leaders and composers who have inspired the Mystic is long, but at the top is Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell.  The Mystics have sung many of Dr. Barnwell’s compositions and arrangements over the years.” – Nick Page Dr. Barnwell was a member of the African American a cappella group, Sweet Honey in…

Reggie Harris

  • Songwriter, Storyteller, Lecturer

Reggie Harris is a singer-songwriter, storyteller, and cultural ambassador on a mission to educate, entertain, and inspire. For over 40 years, he has captivated audiences to standing ovations in the US, Canada, and across Europe. A songwriter of great depth and insight, Reggie writes from a personal but accessible place that reveals his deep sense…

Linda Hirschhorn

  • Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Cantor, Composer, Arranger, Choral Conductor, Life-Cycle Events, Director of Vocolot

Cantor Linda Hirschhorn is a well-known performer and founder of the women’s a cappella quintet Vocolot. She has released six recordings and two songbooks of original material that reflect her pride in Jewish women’s heritage and a concern for social justice. Hirschhorn travels around the country working with or establishing community choruses. She has been in her current…

If you can walk, you can dance.  If you can talk, you can sing. This expression from Zimbabwe is a favorite of Roberta Kirn’s because it is her deeply held belief that singing, drumming and moving with others is not only fun, but profoundly healing. After majoring in dance at Dartmouth and Sarah Lawrence colleges,…

Billy Novick

  • Clarinetist, one of New England's finest jazz musicians

CRITICAL ACCLAIM “Billy Novick on clarinet, had he lived in the 1930’s, would be a legend.” Boston Globe “Novick is… concerned with getting to the heart of playing music.” New York Times “Billy Novick is a masterful clarinetist. Everything about his delivery is melodic, cultured and easy on the ear, and he is refreshingly economical, only…

Donnell conducted the hugely successful Mystic Gospel 2017.   Donnell LaRoque Patterson is chair of the Gospel Music department in New England Conservatory’s (NEC) School of Preparatory and Continuing Education.  He also directs the NEC Community Gospel Choir. Since 2006, Donnell has served as the Director of Music for both the Upper and Lower Schools…

Jane Sapp

  • Cultural Worker, Musician, Educator, and Activist

From Nick Page: Jane was our guest in 1996, one our more memorable concerts.  Nick had first seen her performing with Pete Seeger in Chicago in 1983 and later had a chance to work with her at a folk festival in Wisconsin.  She arranged a Gospel style arrangement of This Land Is Your Land for…

Jim Scott

  • Composer
  • Guitarist
  • Singer

Jim Scott’s songs are alive in their fire, their passion. Jim Scott has written songs for three
 amazing Paul Winter Consort recordings, including their Earth Mass. Since leaving the Consort, Jim has continued to be a very active composer, guitarist, singer, and activist.
  He has collaborated with Pete Seeger who called Jim “some kind of…

Bill Staines

  • Singer and Songwriter
  • One of the gifts New England has given to America

Anyone not familiar with the music of Bill Staines is in for a special treat. For more than forty years, Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. A New England native, Bill became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk…