Building a Vocal Community: The Power of Song in Community
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Building a Vocal Community: The Power of Song in Community

Building a Vocal Community: The Power of Song in Community

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College of William & Mary, School of Education - Matoaka Woods Room

301 Monticello Avenue

Williamsburg, VA

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Building a Vocal Community: The Power of Song in Community
January 27-28, 2017
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, 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 or talent is needed.  

See Dr. Barnwell's December 2015 TEDx Talk, The Power in Vocal Communities, for a better sense of the ideas underlying this workshop.

Sponsored by All Together, the Lemon Project, William & Mary Africana Studies Program, William & Mary Music Department, Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.


FAQs

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The William & Mary School of Education is located at 301 Monticello Avenue in Williamsburg. Free parking will be available in the lots around the building and on nearby Mt. Vernon Avenue. Just be careful to avoid "Reserved at all times" spaces or handicapped spaces unless you have such a permit.

By car

From Richmond and points west:

  • Take Interstate 64 East to exit 234 (Route 199 East) towards Lightfoot.
  • Follow Route 199 approximately 6 miles to the Monticello Avenue exit.
  • At the bottom of the ramp, turn left at the stop light onto Monticello Avenue.
  • Stay on Monticello approximately 1.5 miles. At the sixth light is a sign for the School of Education. Turn right at the light.
  • Park in permit parking in any of the lots surrounding the School of Education. Just be careful to avoid "Reserved at all times" spaces or handicapped spaces unless you have such a permit.


From Norfolk and points east:

  • Take Interstate 64 West to exit 242A (Route 199 West) towards Williamsburg and Jamestown.
  • Follow Route 199 approximately 6 miles to the Monticello Avenue exit.
  • At the bottom of the ramp, bear right onto Monticello Avenue.
  • Stay on Monticello approximately 1.5 miles. At the sixth light is a sign for the School of Education. Turn right at the light.
  • Park in permit parking in any of the lots surrounding the School of Education. Just be careful to avoid "Reserved at all times" spaces or handicapped spaces unless you have such a permit.

By air or rail

There is an Amtrak station in Williamsburg (station code: WBG). Check the Amtrak website for schedules. The nearest airports are Newport News (PHF) and Richmond (RIC). Ground transportation to Williamsburg is limited, but both airports offer multiple options for car rentals.

 



Is my registration transferrable or refundable?

If you find you cannot attend the workshop after you've registered, you may transfer your registration to someone else in the same ticket category by notifying the event organizers. A refund of the full registration price minus the processing fee can be issued up to 30 days prior to the event. No refunds will be issued after that point. 

 



Is this workshop appropriate for children?

Because the workshop involves several hours of sitting and singing, it is not appropriate for young children. Parents should use their discretion in deciding whether a child is old enough to participate.




May I attend only part of the workshop?

We strongly encourage all participants to attend the entire workshop (Friday evening and all day Saturday)--and we're confident you won't want to miss any of it! There is no reduction in cost if you attend only part of the event.




Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email questions to wmsbgvocalcommunity@gmail.com

 

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