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Building a Vocal Community: The Power of Song in Community

Location:  School of Education

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Building a Vocal Community: The Power of Song in Community

Date: January 25-26, 2019
Times: 6-9 p.m. Friday & 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

Note: This is a 2-day event, beginning on Friday evening from 6-9 p.m. and continuing Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunch will be provided on Saturday at no additional cost.

There is an awesome power in the human voice and when uncommon voices are blended for the common good, they become a 'vocal community' at its best. Masterfully led by Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell, William & Mary's Class of 1939 Maurine Stuart Dulin Artist in Residence, 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 from an African American world view the values embedded 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 a willingness to add your voice — no singing experience is needed.