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Starr Center for the

Study of the American Experience

Community Sing with Ysaye Barnwell

Date: 5:30pm EDT April 3

Former member of Sweet Honey in the Rock, Ysaye Barnwell, leads a song circle of spirituals, gospel music and other tunes in four-part harmony, teaching the parts to singers and non-singers alike. All are welcome! Cosponsored by the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the Washington College Department of Music.

Ysaye M. Barnwell Biography

Ysaye M. Barnwell, Ph.D. MSPH, is a commissioned composer, arranger, author, actress and former member of the African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock. She is a vocalist with a range of over three octaves and appears on more than twenty-five recordings with Sweet Honey as well as other artists.

Trained as a violinist for 15 years beginning at the age of 2 1/2, she holds degrees in speech pathology (BS, MSEd), cranio-facial studies (Ph.D.) and public health (MSPH). She was a professor at Howard University College of Dentistry for over a decade, and over the following 8 years developed training programs in Child Protection at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center, and administered community-based health programs at Gallaudet University, all in Washington DC.

For almost thirty years, and on three continents, Barnwell has led the workshop Building a Vocal Community - Singing In the African American Tradition, which utilizes oral tradition, an African world view and African American history, values, cultural and vocal traditions to build communities of song among singers and non-singers alike. Her pedagogy is highly respected among musicians, educators, health workers, activists, organizers, and members of the corporate and non-profit sectors.