Building A Vocal Community™: Singing in the African American Tradition
Presented by: Ysaye Barnwell
Experience the uplifting, joyful, soulful power of African-American choral singing. 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. Learn calls, chants, spirituals, ring shouts, hymns, gospels and freedom songs as we fuse and harmonize our voices in the spirit of Africa. Explore the African political, social and historical context. Take a closer look at the African-American worldview and the rituals associated with the songs. Gain new insight into how leadership is shared among community members, and how a shared communal experience can make an impact in your personal life. Your willingness and love of singing is all that is required.
Ysaye M. Barnwell, PhD, MSPH has performed with the internationally renowned African-American female quintet Sweet Honey in The Rock for over thirty years. She has been building “vocal communities” around the world for almost three decades. ymbarnwell.com
Finding out more about Ysaye's work in this YouTube video.
“They entered skeptically... passively... uncertainly...The disparate group,came to learn,to absorb. But they didn't know Barnwell...Their lips once shy, quiet, began to move, feet tapping, the men and women...finding voices, SANG.” -Fishman, Morning News
TUITION: $545 CDN (meals & accommodation extra) / 5 nights