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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

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Ysaye Barnwell : Wanting Memories : Mixed 5-8 Parts : Sheet Music : YMB103

Ysaye Barnwell : Wanting Memories

The shimmer of the water can be heard as the choir opens this piece. The beautiful melody rises above to tell the tender story of this love song. Listen to the piece come alive in the recording created by the high school choir that commissioned this piece.

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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | Performed by Sweet Honey In The Rock | 3042p | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella


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

Ysaye Barnwell : Singing in the African American Tradition

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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Voicing: SATB | Performed by Sweet Honey In The Rock | 6433b | Songbook & 4 CDs | $44.95


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

Ysaye Barnwell : Arrangements for Women's Voices

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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Voicing: SSAA | Performed by Sweet Honey In The Rock | 9441b | Sheet Music | $7.95 | A Cappella


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

Ysaye Barnwell : A Cappella Arrangements Vol 2

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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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | Performed by Sweet Honey In The Rock | 9445b | Sheet Music | $8.95 | A Cappella


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

Ysaye Barnwell : A Cappella Arrangements Vol 3

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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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | Performed by Sweet Honey In The Rock | 9446b | Sheet Music | $6.50 | A Cappella


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

Ysaye Barnwell : A Cappella Arrangements Vol 4

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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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | Performed by Sweet Honey In The Rock | 9447b | Sheet Music | $7.50 | A Cappella


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

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

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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Voicing: SATB | Performed by Sweet Honey In The Rock | 5477b | Songbook & 2 CDs | $39.95


Individual Folios

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Breaths : SSATBB : Ysaye Barnwell : Ysaye Barnwell : Sweet Honey In The Rock : Songbook & 2 CDs : ymb118

Ysaye Barnwell : Breaths

Arranger: Ysaye Barnwell | Composer: Ysaye Barnwell Performed By: Sweet Honey In The Rock

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Voicing: SSATBB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| ymb118


Hope : SSAATTBB : Ysaye Barnwell : Ysaye Barnwell : Sweet Honey In The Rock : Sheet Music : ymb121

Ysaye Barnwell : Hope

Arranger: Ysaye Barnwell | Composer: Ysaye Barnwell Performed By: Sweet Honey In The Rock

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | Sheet Music


More Than a Paycheck : SSAA : Ysaye Barnwell : Ysaye Barnwell : Sweet Honey In The Rock : Sheet Music : dc134

Ysaye Barnwell : More Than a Paycheck

Arranger: Ysaye Barnwell | Composer: Ysaye Barnwell Performed By: Sweet Honey In The Rock

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| dc134


On Children : SSAA : Ysaye Barnwell : Kahlil Gibran : Sweet Honey In The Rock : Sheet Music : ymb117

Ysaye Barnwell : On Children

Arranger: Ysaye Barnwell | Composer: Kahlil Gibran Performed By: Sweet Honey In The Rock

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.25 | video
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| ymb117


Sound-Bite from Beijing : SSAA : Ysaye Barnwell : Ysaye Barnwell : Sweet Honey In The Rock : Sheet Music : ymb119

Ysaye Barnwell : Sound-Bite from Beijing

Arranger: Ysaye Barnwell | Composer: Ysaye Barnwell Performed By: Sweet Honey In The Rock

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| ymb119


Spiritual : SSATB : Ysaye Barnwell : Ysaye Barnwell : Sweet Honey In The Rock : Sheet Music : ymb124

Ysaye Barnwell : Spiritual

Arranger: Ysaye Barnwell | Composer: Ysaye Barnwell Performed By: Sweet Honey In The Rock

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Voicing: SSATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| ymb124


There Is A Balm in Gilead : SSAA : Ysaye Barnwell : Ysaye Barnwell : Sweet Honey In The Rock : Sheet Music : ymb123

Ysaye Barnwell : There Is A Balm in Gilead

Arranger: Ysaye Barnwell | Composer: Ysaye Barnwell Performed By: Sweet Honey In The Rock

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| ymb123


This Little Light of Mine : SSAA : Ysaye Barnwell : Ysaye Barnwell : Sweet Honey In The Rock : Sheet Music : 35023219 : 747510060871

Ysaye Barnwell : This Little Light of Mine

Arranger: Ysaye Barnwell | Composer: Ysaye Barnwell Performed By: Sweet Honey In The Rock

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.50 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35023219


Wade in the Watah : SSAA : Ysaye Barnwell : Sweet Honey In The Rock : Sheet Music : 35024874 : 747510050742

Ysaye Barnwell : Wade in the Watah

Arranger: Ysaye Barnwell Performed By: Sweet Honey In The Rock

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.50 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35024874


Wanna Die Easy, When I Die : SSAATBB : Ysaye Barnwell : Ysaye Barnwell : Sweet Honey In The Rock : Sheet Music : ymb120

Ysaye Barnwell : Wanna Die Easy, When I Die

Arranger: Ysaye Barnwell | Composer: Ysaye Barnwell Performed By: Sweet Honey In The Rock

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Voicing: SSAATBB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| ymb120


Wanting Memories : SSATB : Ysaye Barnwell : Ysaye Barnwell : Sweet Honey In The Rock : Sheet Music : ymb103

Ysaye Barnwell : Wanting Memories

The shimmer of the water can be heard as the choir opens this piece. The beautiful melody rises above to tell the tender story of this love song. Listen to the piece come alive in the recording created by the high school choir that commissioned this piece.

Arranger: Ysaye Barnwell | Composer: Ysaye Barnwell Performed By: Sweet Honey In The Rock

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Voicing: SSATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 | video
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| ymb103 | Voicetrax CD Available


Would You Harbor Me? : SSAATB : Ysaye Barnwell : Ysaye Barnwell : Sweet Honey In The Rock : Sheet Music : ymb110

Ysaye Barnwell : Would You Harbor Me?

Arranger: Ysaye Barnwell | Composer: Ysaye Barnwell Performed By: Sweet Honey In The Rock

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Voicing: SSAATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | video
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| ymb110

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