Accompanist, Youth Gospel Choir; Chair, Gospel Music; Music Director & Conductor, NEC Community Gospel Choir
Donnell LaRoque Patterson is chair of the Gospel Music department in NEC's School of Preparatory and Continuing Education. He also continues to direct the NEC Community Gospel Choir. Patterson is Director of Music at Belmont Hill School, and Minister of Music at St. Paul Church in Cambridge. From 2002-2006, Paterson was Program Director of the Roland Hayes School of Music in the Boston Public Schools. Previously, Patterson was an elementary and high school music educator in the Cambridge Public Schools, beginning in 1982. He has also served as Acting Assistant Director of Music in the Cambridge Public Schools.
Performing and conducting music has allowed Patterson to travel extensively, both nationally and internationally, to places like Armenia, France, South Africa, Puerto Rico, Toronto, Greece, and Japan. He is the proud father of twins, MelDonique and MelDonar.
B.M., New England Conservatory. M.M., choral studies, University of South Florida. Additional post-graduate work, choral and computer music, Florida State University. Fine Arts Directors Program Certificate, Fitchburg State College. M.ED., Technology in Education, Harvard University. Current doctorate studies in Educational Studies, Lesley University.
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