Building a Vocal Community

Public Programs and Performances WKS 077 1.00

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. Masterfully led by Ysaye M. Barnwell, singers and non-singers alike will share the common experience of learning in the oral tradition. We sing rhythms; chants; traditional songs from Africa and the diaspora; and a variety of songs from African American culture including spirituals, ring shouts, hymns, gospels, and songs from the civil rights movement. The historical, social, and political context will be provided as an introduction to the songs. Throughout this experience, the group will explore the values imbedded in the music, the nature of cultural responses to, and influences on, political and social struggle, and finally the significance of a shared communal experience in our personal lives. This all-levels workshop is designed to help develop confidence through creating a positive musical experience. All that is required is a willingness to sing.

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