Successful Women in Vocal Harmony

Ames, Morgan

A Grammy-winning producer, she has sung and/or written vocal arrangements for artists that include Bette Midler, Vanessa Williams and Frank Sinatra. Morgan is the leader and principle arranger for the a cappella group Inner Voices, a NARAS Governor and has taught songwriting at UCLA.

Read her essay Millennium Women

Dr Ysase Barnwell

A member of Sweet Honey in the Rock since 1979, she also writes for the group. With collaborators she has won awards from Meet the Composer. An experienced choral director, Dr. Barnwell conducts vocal workshops on African-American songs and singing traditions. She has written composed music for such varies organizations as Sesame Street and Tenesseee Repertory Theater.

Chinn, Teena

Teena Chinn's strength as a stylist has made her well-known in the pop choral field. Her abilities as a keyboardist and her music theory background form Indiana University have added to her rapid growth as a pop arranger. She is equally comfortable in pop/show choir or vocal jazz music. From the 20's to the 90's, her choral music is sensitive, strong, and dynamic.

Craig, Renee

Credited by many as the leading influence in the modern sound of women's barbershop, she was the lead and arranger for the Cracker Jills, the 1957 International Sweet Adelines championship quartet.


Cressman, Sandi

A much sought after vocal coach, Sandi teachs at Blue Bear School of Music and is a founding member of the female harmony jazz group Pastiche.

read her essay Skills For Harmony Singers

Daulne, Marie

Marie is the Zairian born, Belgian-raised founder of the women's ensemble Zap Mama, whose debut album was the biggest-selling non-compilation album in the history of Luaka Bop Records. When she heard a recording of traditional pygmy music at age 20, she decided to return to Africa to learn about her heritage. She was trained in pygmy onomatopoeic vocal techniques.

Engelhart, Amy

The girl Bob...

Read her essay Women in Harmony

Dorn, Margaret

Margaret, leader of 1995 Harmony Sweepstakes national champions The Accidentals, is a singer, writer and arranger whose work includes records, commercials, movie soundtracks, industrials, theater, nightclubs and concert stages. Margaret's songs have been recorded worldwide by artists such as Karen Carpenter and Melba Mooore and composed the 1996 CARA song of the year "You Win". She has sung with many artists including Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Michael Bolton, Willie Nelson, Barry Manilow, Boz Skaggs, Trisha Yearwood and Diana Ross.

Jalkeus, Margaretha

Soprano for the Real Group...

Marx, Claudia

Town Crier Records (Real Group label), director of NY based chorus.

Murphy, Lisa

As Founder of Harmony Sweeps A Cappella Festival Lisa has over fifteen years of experiance in a cappella and has seen perhaps more groups than anybody else on the planet!

Matsuoka, Yumiko

Yumiko was a founder of the acclaimed vocal jazz group Vox One, is a published and respected arranger and is an assisiant professor at Berklee College of Music.

Read her essay "Welcome aboard, aspiring writers"

Reagon, Bernice Johnson

The founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock and its artistic director for more than two decades, she is also one of the group's songwriters and was featured in the 1992 Emmy-nominated "The Songs are Free: Bernice Johnson Reagon with Bill Moyers." Her work has included a three-album collection "Voice of the Civil Rights Movement: African-American Freedom Songs."


A former member of SoVoSo, Bobby McFerrin's Hard Choral and the touring ensemble of Circlesongs, she has also taught voice and improvisation for more than 25 years. Rhiannon's singing background - originally classical - includes 10 years with the women's jazz quintet Alive!, and solo albums.

Read her essay "Woman In A Cappella"

Women in Harmony:
Introduction & Essays | Successful Women | Female Groups | Vintage Groups | Arrangements
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