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Ysaye Barnwell

Ysaye Barnwell

Ysaye M. Barnwell was born in New York City and has lived in Washington, D.C., for over 40 years. Her life experiences have taken her down three major paths. She began in music at the age of 2, studying violin for 15 years with her father and majoring in music in high school. She sang in a choir while in junior high school and then in college. In 1976, she founded the Jubilee Singers at All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C. It was, there in 1979, that Bernice Johnson Reagon witnessed her as a singer and a Sign Language interpreter and invited her to audition for Sweet Honey In The Rock.

Barnwell is also a Speech Pathologist with the Bachelors, Masters (SUNY, Geneseo 1963-68) and Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh 1975) degrees and was a professor in the College of Dentistry for over a decade. In 1981 she completed post-doctoral work and earned the Master of Science in Public Health.

Over the past two decades, Barnwell has earned a significant reputation as a commissioned composer and arranger, author, master teacher and choral clinician in African American cultural performance. She has two children's book: No Mirrors In My Nana's House, and We Are One, both published by Harcourt, Inc., a boxed set of African American stories and songs for young people: Um Hmm, and an instructional boxed set: Singing in the African American Tradition. She created the Community Sing which she conducts monthly in Washington, D.C., and the workshop Building a Vocal Community - Singing In the African American Tradition, which she has conducted on three continents, utilizing an African world view, and African American history, values, cultural and vocal traditions to work with and build community among singers and non-singers alike. Her pedagogy is highly respected among musicians, educators, health workers, activists, organizers, and in corporate and non-profit sectors. Barnwell is also an aspiring actress whose most recent endeavors include the narration for the NPR documentary W.C. Handy's Blues.

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Ysaye Barnwell : A Cappella Arrangements Vol 2 : Mixed 5-8 Parts : Sheet Music : Ysaye Barnwell

Ysaye Barnwell : A Cappella Arrangements Vol 2

Review: Most known for her singing with and musical compositions performed and recorded by Sweet Honey In The Rock, Dr. Barnwell has composed and arranged music appearing on 10 recordings on the Rounder, Flying Fish, Earthbeat!/Warner and Music For Little People Labels and has been a commissioned composer on numerous and varied dance, choral, film, and video.

Songlist: Prayer, We Are..., In Unity, No Mirrors in My House

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9445b | Sheet Music $8.95 | Mixed 5-8 Parts add item to cart Female Voice Arrangements Home


Ysaye Barnwell : A Cappella Arrangements Vol 3 : Mixed 5-8 Parts : Sheet Music : Ysaye Barnwell

Ysaye Barnwell : A Cappella Arrangements Vol 3

Review: Most known for her singing with and musical compositions performed and recorded by Sweet Honey In The Rock, Dr. Barnwell has composed and arranged music appearing on 10 recordings on the Rounder, Flying Fish, Earthbeat!/Warner and Music For Little People Labels and has been a commissioned composer on numerous and varied dance, choral, film, and video.

Songlist: Hope, Would You Harbor Me?, Wanna Die Easy, When I Die

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9446b | Sheet Music $6.50 | Mixed 5-8 Parts add item to cart Female Voice Arrangements Home


Ysaye Barnwell : A Cappella Arrangements Vol 4 : Mixed 5-8 Parts : Sheet Music : Ysaye Barnwell

Ysaye Barnwell : A Cappella Arrangements Vol 4

Review: Most known for her singing with and musical compositions performed and recorded by Sweet Honey In The Rock, Dr. Barnwell has composed and arranged music appearing on 10 recordings on the Rounder, Flying Fish, Earthbeat!/Warner and Music For Little People Labels and has been a commissioned composer on numerous and varied dance, choral, film, and video.

Songlist: Wanting Memories, Breaths, Spiritual

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9447b | Sheet Music $7.50 | Mixed 5-8 Parts add item to cart Female Voice Arrangements Home


Ysaye Barnwell : Arrangements for Women's Voices : SSAA : Sheet Music : Ysaye Barnwell

Ysaye Barnwell : Arrangements for Women's Voices

Review: Most known for her singing with and musical compositions performed and recorded by Sweet Honey In The Rock, Dr. Barnwell has composed and arranged music appearing on 10 recordings on the Rounder, Flying Fish, Earthbeat!/Warner and Music For Little People Labels and has been a commissioned composer on numerous and varied dance, choral, film, and video.

Songlist: Sound-Bite from Beijing, On Children, More Than a Paycheck, There Is A Balm in Gilead

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9441b | Sheet Music $7.95 | SSAA add item to cart Female Voice Arrangements Home


Ysaye Barnwell : Singing in the African American Tradition : SATB : 01 Songbook & 4 CDs : Ysaye Barnwell : 073999870626 : 0634000012 : 00740112

Ysaye Barnwell : Singing in the African American Tradition

Review: Anyone who loves to sing will be thrilled by the material on these four CDs! A founding member of Sweet Honey in the Rock teaches multiple part-singing - melodies, harmonies, rhythms and counter-melodies - to more than 20 inspiring songs: African chants, spirituals, gospel songs and anthems of the American Civil Rights and African freedom movements. Includes historical data and is perfect for individuals, choirs, church, camp and community groups who want to participate in this uplifting singing tradition.

Songlist: Rhythm, Chants, Chant To Elegba, Somagwaza, Soon I Will Be Done, Steal Away, Balm In Gilead, Sheep, Sheep, The Lord Is My Shepherd, I'll Fly Away, Swing Down Chariot, The Storm Is Passing Over, Sing 'Til The Power Of The Lord Come Down, I Feel Like Going On, We're Marching On To Freedom Land, Dog Dog, Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around, Songs Of Resistance And Protest

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6433b | Songbook & 4 CDs $44.95 | SATB add item to cart Sing Along Songbooks


Ysaye M. Barnwell : Singing In The African American Tradition Vol. 2 : SATB : 01 Songbook & 2 CDs : Ysaye Barnwell : 884088414436 : 1597732761 : 00642105

Ysaye M. Barnwell : Singing In The African American Tradition Vol. 2

Review: Individuals, friends, choirs, church, camp and community groups of any background will enjoy participating in this uplifting singing tradition. Ysaye, a charter member of the great a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock, teaches melodies, harmonies, rhythms and counter-melodies to 17 traditional songs from African American culture, including spirituals, hymns, gospels and songs from the Civil Rights Movement. All the vocals on the 2 CDs are performed by Ysaya M.Barnwell.

Songlist: Rainforest Chant, Kyrie Eleison, Traditional 6/8 Rhythm, Ise Oluwa, Spirituals Quodlibets, Lawd, I Done Done, Roll Jordan Roll Quodlibets, All Night and All Day, Anchor By and By, Jacob's Ladder, Ain't No Grave, Honor, Honor and Medley, Way Over in Beulah Lan' and Medley, Tedious and Tasteless, My Ship, I Am Determined, Ain't Gonna Let Nobody

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5477b | Songbook & 2 CDs $39.95 | SATB add item to cart

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Indaba: We Believe in YouYsaye BarnwellSweet Honey In The RockExperience 101 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Memorial 1Ysaye BarnwellGrand Rapids Women's ChorusCelebrating Time Together 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
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PrayerYsaye BarnwellYsaye BarnwellYsaye BarnwellA Cappella Arrangements Vol 2Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Sound-Bite from BeijingYsaye BarnwellYsaye BarnwellYsaye BarnwellArrangements for Women's VoicesSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
SpiritualYsaye BarnwellYsaye BarnwellYsaye BarnwellA Cappella Arrangements Vol 4Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Take HeartYsaye BarnwellMUSE - Cincinnati's Women's ChoirLive 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Take HeartYsaye BarnwellAurora ChorusFull Circle 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
The Best MedicineYsaye BarnwellSweet Honey In The RockExperience 101 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
There are No Mirrors in My Nana's HouseYsaye BarnwellWomen's Chorus of DallasAmerican Rhapsody 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Wanting MemoriesYsaye BarnwellChicago Children's ChoirDo You Hear The People Sing? 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Wanting MemoriesYsaye BarnwellLawrence Children's ChoirThis Shall Be For Music 2 CDsMORE DETAILS 
Wanting MemoriesYsaye BarnwellMinnesota BoychoirForty and Fine 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Wanting MemoriesYsaye BarnwellYsaye BarnwellYsaye BarnwellA Cappella Arrangements Vol 4Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Wanting MemoriesYsaye M.BarnwellCantusThat Eternal Day 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Wanting Memories Ysaye BarnwellMinnesota Choral ArtistsWanting Memories 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Wanting MemoriesYsaye BarnwellChildren's Chorus of WashingtonConcert Chorus 2006 - 2007 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Wanting MemoriesYsaye BarnwellConcordia ChoirBeauty in the World 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Wanting MemoriesYsaye BarnwellYsaye BarnwellWanting MemoriesSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Wanting MemoriesYsaye BarnwellYsaye BarnwellWanting Memories - Parts CDParts CDMORE DETAILS 
We AreYsaye BarnwellChildren's Chorus of WashingtonConcert Chorus 2006 - 2007 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
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