Ysaye M. Barnwell holds a doctorate in speech pathology and a postdoctoral degree in public health. Since 1979, she has performed and recorded with the internationally renowned a cappella quintet Sweet Honey in the Rock and composed some of the group’s most popular songs. She appears on more than 20 recordings, has composed music for Sesame Street and many other projects, and is also an actress and an author. In August of 2016 President Obama appointed her a member of the National Council on the Arts.
Reserve quickly: This workshop is a whole lot of fun and sells out early!
One of the most energetic and beloved workshop leaders ever to come to Rowe, Ysaye will envelop you in the joy of community through the music of the African-American vocal tradition, including calls and chants, spirituals, ring shouts, hymns, gospels, songs of the Civil Rights Movement, and songs of contemporary struggle. Mostly you’ll sing, but she also will bring her deep knowledge of the African-American tradition to discussions about the songs’ historical, social, and political contexts. She will introduce you to the values embedded in the music, the role of cultural and spiritual traditions and rituals, ways in which leadership emerges and can be shared, and the nature of cultural response to political struggle.
On Saturday and Sunday evenings, we’ll have films, discussions, impromptu performances, or sing-a-longs led by some of our guests.
No prior musical experience is necessary; the only requirements are a willingness to sing as fully as you can and to embrace joy.
This Columbus Day weekend workshop lasts an extra day and costs an additional $140. Please add that amount to your total when you register.