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Ysaÿe Barnwell, PhD

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 Community®: Singing in the African American Tradition” has been conducted all over the United States, in Canada, Great Britain, Singapore and Australia, making her work in the field a significant source of inspiration and learning for both singers and non-singers, and a model of exceptional pedagogy for educators, cultural activists, and historians. 

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Events with Ysaÿe Barnwell, PhD

Building a Vocal Community™
July 30, 2020

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…