Guest Artists

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 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 at Belmont Hill School in Belmont, MA. From 2002…

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

Update, 12-5-2021 Mystic mourns the passing of this great man and wonderful friend to the chorale. RIP, Bill. 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,…

Nthabi Thakadu

  • Vocalist from South Africa

Nthabi Thakadu is an old friend of the Mystic Chorale having sung many South African songs with us.  She will lead us in the beautiful South African hymn, Ukuthula. Here’s a video of Nthabi singing the beautiful South African song Azsenzeni Na? (What Have We Done) in the Mystic Chorale’s May 2018 “Selma to Soweto: Songs…

Joey Weisenberg

  • Founder and Director, Hadar's Rising Song Institute

Joey Weisenberg brings contemporary touches to traditional Chassidic music, electric guitars and melodies that transport us.  Nick met Joey at the North American Jewish Choral Festival where he led everyone in traditional and new nigguns (wordless chants).  The Mystic Chorale learned his Lincoln’s Niggun a few years ago and will learn a new song of…

A star on the Boston music scene, Athene Wilson is a three time Boston Urban Music Award winner. People around the world have enjoyed Ms. Wilson’s melodic sounds in jazz clubs, concerts, and special events. She is a consummate professional with a show that keeps her audience engaged and moving. When asked who has influenced…