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Building a Vocal Community Workshop: Singing in the African American Tradition
Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick
Brunswick, ME
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Building a Vocal Community Workshop: Singing in the African American Tradition
Ysaye Barnwell Workshop:
Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick
Saturday, June 16
Registration 9:30am
Workshop 10:00am to 4:00pm
Registration fee: $50-Single, $75-Couple, $100-Family

One of the most energetic and beloved workshop leaders ever to come to Brunswick, 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.

No prior musical experience is necessary; the only requirements are a willingness to sing as fully as you can and to embrace joy.

For 34 years Ysaye M Barnwell was a member of the Grammy Award winning a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock.  She is a composer commissioned to create music for dance, choral groups, film, and stage productions. A number of her songs have been recorded by Sweet Honey.  Barnwell holds a PhD in speech pathology, a post doctoral M.S. in Public Health, and three honorary doctorates, has conducted her inspiring music workshops on three  continents.  She appears on numerous  recordings, has acted in TV and film,and has written two children's books.

We will have an hour lunch break, so you can bring your own bagged lunch or go to one of the several close-by restaurants/sandwich shops that are within walking distance of the church.


Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick (View)
1 Middle Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
United States


Education > Workshops
Music > Choral

Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: UUCB
On BPT Since: Dec 02, 2014
Shirlely Bernier


Lynn P.
Nobleboro, ME United States
Jun 14, 2018 5:02 PM
Justine D.
Portland, ME United States
Jun 12, 2018 3:09 AM
Mary O.
Brunswick, ME United States
Jun 10, 2018 1:51 PM
Deirdre M.
Portland, ME United States
Jun 10, 2018 9:11 AM
Ann O.
Scarborough, ME United States
Jun 09, 2018 8:16 AM
Helen R.
Kennebunk, ME United States
Jun 09, 2018 6:43 AM

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