One of the most energetic and beloved workshop leaders ever to come to Rowe, Ysaye will envelop you in the joy of community through the music of the African-American vocal tradition, including calls and chants, spirituals, ring shouts, hymns, gospels, songs of the Civil Rights Movement, and songs of contemporary struggle. Mostly you’ll sing, but she also will bring her deep knowledge of the African-American tradition to discussions about the songs’ historical, social, and political contexts. She will introduce you to the values embedded in the music, the role of cultural and spiritual traditions and rituals, ways in which leadership emerges and can be shared, and the nature of cultural response to political struggle.
On Saturday and Sunday evenings, we’ll have films, discussions, impromptu performances, or sing-a-longs led by some of our guests.
No prior musical experience is necessary; the only requirements are a willingness to sing as fully as you can and to embrace joy.
This weekend workshop lasts an extra day and costs an additional $150. It has been added to the program cost below.