Music Department Events

Apr 3

Convocation: Ysaye Barnwell

Friday, April 3rd, 2015
10:50 – 11:50 am / Skinner Chapel

Ysaye Maria Barnwell was a member of the African American a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock from 1979 to 2013 and is a renowned female bass.  A prolific composer, she wrote many of the group’s songs, as well as being commissioned to create music for dance, choral, film, and stage productions.  With degrees in speech pathology, cranio-facial studies, and public health she has been a professor, researcher, and author in addition to her career as musician and choral clinician, successfully demonstrating a relationship between music, the arts, and health.  Barnwell is also the recipient of multiple honorary doctorate degrees.  Barnwell has been building vocal communities on three continents for over thirty years.  Immersed in an African world view of music, she has traced the evolution of African American communal vocal music from Africa through Spirituals and work songs to the music of the Civil Rights Movement.  The tradition is being eroded by the evolution of technology, and she is on a mission to keep it alive.  The title of her presentation is “Building Vocal Communities.”

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