• March 18-19, 2017
  • 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    Area 5
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 03/18/2017 10:00 am 03/19/2017 5:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Building a Vocal Community Joing us for a workshop with Ysaye M. Barnwell on 'Building a Vocal Community'. California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
Area 5
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Registration - $295
Members - $236
Early Bird (until 2/18) - $265.50


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. In this workshop masterfully led by Ysaye M. Barnwell, singers and non-singers alike share the common experience of learning in the oral tradition.  

Join in the singing of rhythms, chants, traditional songs from Africa and the diaspora, as well as 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 is provided as an introduction to the songs. Throughout this experience, the group explores the values embedded 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. 

Ysaye M. Barnwell, PhD, has performed with the internationally renowned African American female quintet Sweet Honey In The Rock for more than 20 years. She has spent much of her time offstage working as a master teacher and choral clinician in African American cultural performance. Barnwell has been building vocal communities through her workshops for the past 25 years on 3 continents-making her work in the field a significant source of inspiration for both singers and non-singers, as well as a model of pedagogy for educators, cultural activists, and historians. See her website here.

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