Keynote Speaker


Dr. Ysaÿe Maria Barnwell

Photo: Ysaye Barnwell

The Children’s Music Network is thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker for the 2020 CMN Annual Conference is Dr. Ysaÿe Maria Barnwell!!

Dr. Barnwell is a master teacher and choral clinician in African American cultural performance. A member of Sweet Honey in the Rock for 34 years, she’s been a commissioned composer on numerous choral, film, video, dance and theatrical projects including Sesame Street. She has published 2 books for children: “No Mirrors In My Nana’s House”, illustrated by Synthia Saint James and “We Are One” illustrated by Brian Pinckney. She will present an address about music in the Civil Rights Movement and the African American community, and provide a workshop on “Building a Vocal Community®: Singing in the African American Tradition.”