Building a Vocal Community™
With Ysaÿe Barnwell, PhD
July 30 - August 4, 2021
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There is an awesome power in the human voice and when uncommon voices are blended for the common good, they become a ‘vocal community’ at its best.
Masterfully led by Dr. Ysaÿe M. Barnwell, singers and non-singers alike share the common experience of learning in the oral tradition and singing rhythms, chants, and traditional songs from Africa and the Diaspora, and a variety of songs from African American culture including spirituals, ring shouts, hymns, gospels, and songs from the Civil Rights Movement.
The historical, social, and political contexts are provided as an introduction to each songs. Throughout this experience, the group explores, from an African American worldview, the values embedded in the music, the role of cultural and spiritual traditions and rituals, ways in which leadership emerges and can be shared by and among community members, the nature of cultural responses to and influences on political and social struggle, and finally the significance of a shared communal experience in one’s personal life.
Everyone welcome. All that is required is a willingness to sing.
One of the greatest experiences of my entire life. Ysaye Barnwell is a national treasure. – past participant, 2018
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Ysaÿe explains the African oral tradition without written music and the inclusiveness it brings, as well as her musical career:
Ysaÿe M. Barnwell, PhD, is a musician, arranger, singer, master teacher, member of Sweet Honey in the Rock, and one of America’s finest composers. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Speech Pathology and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Speech Pathology. Dr. Barnwell is also the recipient of many honourary degrees. Dr. Barnwell appears as a singer (and occasionally as an instrumentalist) on more than thirty recordings with Sweet Honey In The Rock, and other artists. In addition, she is highly sought after as a master teacher and choral clinician in African American cultural performance. Her workshop “Building a Vocal…
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