"RAISE YOUR VOICE: Creating a Vocal Community" Workshop 7/25 w/ Ysaye Barnwell
- "RAISE YOUR VOICE: Creating a Vocal Community"
One Day Workshop 7/25
with Dr. Ysaye Barnwell of "Sweet Honey in the Rock"
Masterfully led by Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell, singers and non singers alike
will share the common experience of learning in the oral tradition and
singing 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 role of cultural and spiritual traditions and rituals,
ways in which leadership emerges and can be shared by and among
community members, the nature of cultural responses to and influences on
political and social struggle, and finally the significance of a shared
communal experience in one's personal life. All that is required is
an open heart and spirit of adventure.
As the Medicine Wheel turns to Summer, with the focus on Vision, prepare
to practice using your voice as a manifestation of your inner being, and
a means of speaking your truth from a place on non judgment. This will
be reflected in our group experience as we open up and magnetize our
individual and collective creative spirit.
This is a rare opportunity to be part of a large and welcoming
experience in building a vocal community. Come and celebrate the
magnificent healing power of your own voice. Whether you already sing,
are afraid to, or have always wished you could, this exciting workshop
promises to lift your spirits and view a critical aspect of American
history in a unique way through the oral tradition and song. This will
be a memorable day!
For over a decade, Dr. Barnwell was a professor at the College of
Dentistry at Howard University and completing her degree in Public
Health, she went on to administered public health programs at
Children's Hospital National Medical Center and at Gallaudet
University in Washington, DC and, as a volunteer, assisted community
based organizations in the use of computer technology.
In 1977, Barnwell founded the All Souls Jubilee Singers and in 1979 she
was invited to join the world renowned a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey
In The Rock®. In her first year as a singer in the ensemble,
Barnwell, (who had trained as a Sign Language interpreter) facilitated
the practice of including a Sign Language interpreter as part of the
Dr. Barnwell appears as a singer (and occasionally as an
instrumentalist) on more than thirty recordings with Sweet Honey In The
Rock, and other artists. In addition she is highly sought after as a
master teacher and choral clinician in African American cultural
performance. Her workshop "Building a Vocal Community®: Singing
in the African American Tradition" has been conducted all over the
United States, Canada, Great Britain, Singapore and Australia, making
her work in the field a significant source of inspiration and learning
for both singers and non-singers, and a model of exceptional pedagogy
for educators, and cultural activists and historians.
DATE: Saturday July 25, 2009
9:30 am Registration
10:00 am Program begins
1:00-2:00 pm Lunch (on your own or provided for a fee)
4:00 pm Program ends
LOCATION: Bay West Ballroom in San Rafael, Marin County. 1133 Francisco
Blvd. East, San Rafael, CA 94901
TUITION: Full Day Retreat $99.00. An optional Gourmet Lunch for $25.00
can be ordered. Gourmet Lunch option unavailable if registering after
July 19th (5 days prior to event).
TO REGISTER: Visit <http://www.DrSonneeWeedn.com>
<http://www.DrSonneeWeedn.com> <http://> http://www.DrSonneeWeedn.com
<http://www.DrSonneeWeedn.com> , click on "Workshops & Continuing
Education" OR mail in registration form (on back cover pf
downloadable PDF) with payment. A Confirmation will be EMAILED when
payment is received. 3 days before retreat directions to Bay West
Ballroom, parking and other important participation information will be
QUESTIONS: Call Dr. Weedn at 415-883-7758 or Email her at
DrSonnee@... <mailto:DrSonnee@...> .
CANCELLATION POLICY: If the program is canceled by the presenters for
any reason participants will receive a 100% refund.
Cancellations prior to July 15, 2009 are subject to a $39.00
cancellation fee. For cancellations occurring after July 15 participants
will receive credit toward a future program less the $39.00 cancellation
WE HOPE TO HEAR YOU THERE!!!
Submitted by new group member, Lorien Fenton, Producer and Director of
COLLABORATION! Dance & Music <http://www.collaborationdancemusic.org> .
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