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UCC Community Room

209 W Broadway St

Decorah, IA 52101

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There is an awesome power in the human voice and when uncommon voices are blended for he common good, they become a ‘vocal community’ at its best. Masterfully led by Dr. Ysaÿe M. Barnwell, singers and non-singers alike will share the common experience of learning in the oral tradition and singing rhymes, 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. Through out this experience, the group will explore from an African American world view, the values imbedded in the music, the role of cultural ad spiritual traditions and rituals, the 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 sing.

The workshop begins on Friday Oct. 20th with a session from 7pm-9pm. If you can only come for part of the workshop, this is it! Then, we'll come together again with those who can stay the whole weekend, Saturday the 21st from 10-5 (with a lunch break from12:30-2) and Sunday the 22nd from 10-1.


How we're paying for Ysaye's time and travel:

  • 3-Day Workshop (Fri Oct 20, Sat 21, Sun 22) $80-225, Pay what is affordable and generous for you.
  • 2-Day Workshop (Sat Oct 21 and Sun 22) $70-200, Pay what is affordable and generous for you.
  • Friday Night Only (Oct 20, 7-9) $5-20, Pay what is affordable and generous for you.

Your registration fee covers the workshop; food and lodging are separate. You may like to eat out at one of the many restaurants or the food co-op, all within a few blocks of the fellowship hall where we’ll be singing, or you may like to bring food along and prepare it in the lovely church kitchen.

For assistance with registration, contact Julia Johnson, 651-491-0926 or johnju08@luther.edu.

Partial scholarships are available. Contact Liz Rog, 563-382-8013.

HOUSING

We are happy to house a number of people in local homes. Let us know if you're interested in this option. If you'd like to rent housing at a hotel or bed and breakfast, look here http://www.visitdecorah.com/ and www.airbnb.com.

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