Dr. Dennis Slaughter
President of the Board/ Hear Training & Music Theory Instructor
Dennis L. Slaughter, Ed.M., DLP, born and reared in Jackson, Mississippi, is the son, grandson, brother, nephew, and cousin of preachers, pastors, lay speakers, and church musicians. He began directing children’s church choirs when he was ten years old and participated in leadership roles in school and church choirs throughout his middle school, high school, and college years.
Brother Dennis, as he is affectionately known, is founding director of the Boston Community Gospel Choir and since 1995 has been artistic director of the Boston Pops Orchestra Gospel Choir. He has received numerous awards for his talent and community service including:
· Bearer of the Flame, Passing the Torch Award (Boston Renaissance Charter School)
· Boston Neighborhood Fellows Award (The Philanthropic Initiative, Inc.)
· Community Builder Award (Town of Milton, Massachusetts)
· Gospel Music Award (New England Conservatory of Music)
Brother Dennis Slaughter has served as Minister of Music in Mississippi, Colorado, and Massachusetts. He has filled leadership posts in Baptist, African Methodist Episcopal, and United Methodist churches over his 40 years of service.
In addition to his musical life, Brother Dennis is also an educator. He began his career as a teacher, and then went on to be a principal, central office administrator, program director, and organization development specialist. He has over 25 years of direct experience in organization development, crisis management, advocacy, team building, consulting, and community outreach/organizing. He holds an undergraduate degree in Music from the University of Southern Mississippi, a master’s degree in Education Administration and Policy Studies from Boston University, and a doctoral degree in Law & Policy from Northeastern University.
He is the proud husband of Dr. Olivia Moorehead-Slaughter (a clinical psychologist to whom he has been happily married since 1985). They are the blessed parents of two adult sons, Khari and Gyasi. He is convinced that through God, all things are possible.site.