Berklee Presents a Night of Gospel Music

By
Nick Balkin
November 16, 2009
Dennis Montgomery III directs the Reverence Gospel Ensemble.
Photo by Phil Farnsworth

Berklee's 50-plus-member Reverence Gospel Ensemble and small gospel groups Women of Virtue, Overjoyed, and Men of Valor present the concert Bringing Nations Together With Gospel, directed by associate professor Dennis Montgomery III. The concert will include gospel standards and Montgomery originals. It takes place on Monday, December 7, at 8:15 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC), 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. General admission tickets are $10 and are available at the BPC box office. For more information, call 617 747-2261 or visit berkleebpc.com

The Reverence Gospel Ensemble was started at Berklee in 1981 and, under the leadership of Montgomery, has become one of the college's most popular and best-known groups. Its appeal is wide-ranging and crosses ethnic and genre lines. Over the years, the group has included students from Japan, Greece, Israel, France, Lebanon, Taiwan, Australia, Canada, the U.S., and many European and Scandinavian nations. The choir also counted as members alumnae Paula Cole '90, Susan Tedeschi '91, and Lalah Hathaway '94, when they were students.

Berklee has strong ties to Boston's gospel music community, with students, faculty, and alumni performing regularly at local churches. Each year, the college awards a scholarship for outstanding achievement by a participant in its gospel ensemble. 

Dennis Montgomery III is a renowned gospel organist who has performed with Shirley Caesar, James Cleveland, Bobby Jones, John P. Kee, and many others. He recorded the album Come and Have Church with Me, and produced It's Me, Vol. 1, featuring Sheldon Wilson.