Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell

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Special Saturday Workshop Leader

Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell is a musician, composer, arranger, singer, teacher, choral clinician, researcher, author, actress and former member of the venerable a Capella group, Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Dr. Barnwell joined Sweet Honey In The Rock® in 1979 and her training as a Sign Language Interpreter, led her to facilitated the group’s tradition of including a Sign Language Interpreter in the ensemble. After 34 years Barnwell retired from Sweet Honey In The Rock to pursue her other interests.

Dr. Barnwell appears as a vocalist and/or instrumentalist on more than thirty recordings with Sweet Honey In The Rock as well as other artists. She has, for the past thirty years spent much of her time off stage working 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 during the past twenty-eight years, been conducted on three continents, making her work in the field a significant source of inspiration for both singers and non-singers, a model of pedagogy for educators, and cultural activists and historians.

Special Saturday Singing Festival Workshop:

BUILDING A VOCAL COMMUNITY®: Singing In The African American Tradition
Noon - 4:30, Saturday Feb. 1
$40, includes Saturday night Community Sing ticket.

Workshop participants become the Saturday evening Festival Choir, directed by Dr. Barnwell.
Tickets Available here.



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