For those who are unable to physically be present for the Concert Celebrating the Choral Legacy of Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell, we will stream LIVE beginning at 3:15 PM  Saturday, February 26, 2022.
Once you are on the site, you will be able to watch the concert and download the printed program. Please note that the concert is in Cincinnati, Ohio which is in the Eastern Time Zone.  

Celebrating the Choral Legacy of Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell
8 Choirs – 6 Conductors – 250 Voices
Saturday, February 26, 2022, 3:30pm
The House of Joy Christian Ministries
3220 Central Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45225
Free and Open to the Public
Tickets are free but must be reserved through Eventbrite:

“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.”  - Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell

On Saturday, February 26, 2022, 8 choirs from across Southwest Ohio will join in song to celebrate and honor Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell, singer and composer, who will be in attendance. Dr. Barnwell’s choral works transverse continents, cultures, faiths, and languages. The concert will be hosted by Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, Vice-Mayor of Cincinnati.

No stranger to the Greater Cincinnati Area, Dr. Barnwell has been commissioned by MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Groundbreaking Choir and conducted workshops with MUSE, the Martin Luther King Chorale and prison choirs across the state of Ohio. Her decades long affiliation with Dr. Catherine Roma has resulted in unprecedented collaborations and inspiring performances.

Performing various pieces from Barnwell’s extensive choral compositional repertoire will be:

Cincinnati Men’s Chorus, Steve Milloy Artistic Director
Jeremy Winston Chorale, Jeremy Winston, Artistic Director
KUJI Men’s Chorus of Marion Correctional Institution (Via Video) Dr. Catherine Roma, Artistic Director
Mount Saint Joseph University Singers, Danielle Cozart Steele, Director of Choral Activities
MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir, Jillian Harrison-Jones, Music Director
South Avondale Elementary School, Bishop Todd O’Neal, Music Director
World House Choir, Dr. Catherine Roma, Artistic Director
Young Professionals Choral Collective, Danielle Cozart Steele, Artistic Director

Fast Facts:

Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell

Ysaye M. Barnwell, Ph.D. MSPH, is a composer, arranger, author, actress and former member of the world renown African American a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey In The Rock. She is a vocalist with a range of over three octaves and appears on more than twenty-five recordings with Sweet Honey as well as other artists. Barnwell has created and led the workshop “Building a Vocal Community: Singing In the African American Tradition,” in which she uses the oral tradition to build communities among singers and non-singers alike. Dr. Barnwell’s choral compositional output includes over 100 published works that range from short unaccompanied pieces to larger works scored for orchestra, chorus and soloists.

About MATA Choral Arts in Prison
Dr. Catherine Roma, Founder and Artistic Director

 MATA is a prison arts education program working within three Ohio prisons: Dayton Correctional, London Correctional and Marion Correctional. Currently MATA provides choral music programs that focus on building bridges between the people who are incarcerated and the world beyond prison walls. MATA’s mission is to build and sustain creative arts offerings in prison to educate, inspire, motivate, heal and transform lives and to collaborate across fences.

About AlivenArts
Rachel Kramer, CEO

AlivenArts’ mission is to:  Engage and energize the arts community creating relevant and effective dynamic arts educational programs with intentional collaborative design. AlivenArts’ vision is to:  Enrich Lives.

AlivenArts is dedicated to collaboration, arts participation, and education. AlivenArts is not a performing arts organization but rather a modern-day impresario who sees needs and produces solutions - bridging ideas and productions with people and places.  AlivenArts works with pre-college students through the well-elderly and has produced many events and now has the prototype of an APP and Website called “Scene” that will revolutionize the intersection of peoples’ participation and the arts. In addition, AlivenArts developed and produced the first National Women’s History Month Festival in March 2018 and 2019, the Bayard Rustin Oratorio Premiere and Symposium, administered the Fine Arts Gifted Testing for the Cincinnati Public Schools and is the Production Manager and Education Partner for the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s upcoming concert: “The Carnival of the Animals Remix”.  Other programming includes Cincinnati Pipelines and Piano Paintings.

Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney

Jan-Michele was born in Cincinnati. She graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. She earned a master’s degree in counseling and consulting psychology from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School.

After Harvard Law, Jan-Michele practiced law with the firm of Taft, Stettinius and Hollister, then branched out into a solo law career when she helped to start the multi-media publishing company, KGL Media Group, Inc. d.b.a. Sesh Communications.

Jan-Michele is married to former State Senator Eric H. Kearney, Esq. and have two children. She is currently on the Cincinnati City Council and recently named Vice-Mayor by Mayor Aftab Pureval.