Jonathan Singleton

  • Director, Gospel Season

Jonathan Singleton is a passionate leader and compelling communicator of Gospel music in Boston. He directs the Mystic Chorale Gospel concerts with grace and a deep appreciation of the history and meaning of the repertoire.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, Jonathan began his musical career at the age of 6 when a student teacher offered him clarinet lessons which sparked his lifelong passion for music. At 10, he began teaching himself piano while continuing formal clarinet studies, and played both instruments through high school and college. Big changes were in store when he came to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music where the piano became his principal instrument. His involvement in choral music began by singing with and briefly directing the Kuumba Singers of Harvard. He went on to direct several other church and university choirs.

Jonathan is currently an assistant professor at Berklee, teaching in the Ensemble and Piano Departments and directing the Berklee Summer Gospel Week. He serves as musical director for saxophonist Andre Ward, and is the Minister of Music at the historic Twelfth Baptist Church of Roxbury.  He is the piano/keyboard player for the gospel/roots band, Meeting Across the Water, and the dance band Downtime.