NJACDA Summer Conference 2015

When: Tuesday, July 28th & Wednesday, July 29th

NEW LOCATION: St. Paul Lutheran Church – 79 One Mile Rd. ext., East Windsor, NJ 08520

YMB5Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell PhD, MSPH is a native New Yorker who has lived in Washington, DC  since 1968. Dr. Barnwell studied violin with her father for 15 years beginning at age 2 ½, and majored in music through high school.  With this background, she went on to earn the Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Speech Pathology (SUNY, Geneseo, 1967, 1968), Doctor of Philosophy in Speech Pathology (University of Pittsburgh, 1975), and the Master of Science in Public Health (Howard University, 1981). Dr. Barnwell has been awarded four Honorary Doctorate Degrees, and the 2014 Humanitarian Award from the Washington Choral Arts Society.

For over a decade, Dr. Barnwell was a professor at the College of Dentistry at Howard University, after which she administered health programs at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center and Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.  Dr. Barnwell joined Sweet Honey In The Rock® in 1979 and recently retired from the ensemble after 34 years.

Dr. Barnwell has been a commissioned composer on numerous choral, film, video, dance and theatrical projects. Dr. Barnwell is the Curator/Composer of the FORTUNE’S BONES: THE MANUMISSION REQUIEM® which began as a year on project culminating in two performances at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center of the University of Maryland in 2012. She has, for the past thirty years spent much of her time off-stage working 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  on three continents, making her work in the field a significant source of inspiration for both singers and non-singers, and a model of pedagogy for educators, cultural activists and historians.

Four axioms have proven significant in Barnwell’s life. To whom much is given, much is required.  As one door closes, another door opens. Everything matters. Say YES!