The nonprofit Midcoast Community Chorus will present a workshop with renowned composer, performer and teacher Ysaye Barnwell on the weekend of June 14 through 16. The workshop will be held at Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St.

Barnwell appears as a vocalist and/or instrumentalist on more than 30 recordings with Sweet Honey In The Rock and other artists. For the past 30 year, she has spent much of her time working as a master teacher and choral clinician in African American cultural performance. Barnwell’s workshop Building a Vocal Community: Singing in the African American Tradition has been conducted on three continents during the past 25 years, making her work in the field a significant source of inspiration for both singers and non-singers; and a model of pedagogy for educators, cultural activists and historians.

MCC Founder and Artistic Director Mimi Bornstein credits Barnwell’s work in shaping the mission of Midcoast Community Chorus.

“One of the great inspirations in the work that I do is Ysaye Barnwell. I was in a seminar years ago and Ysaye was talking about the civil rights movement and she said, ‘the civil rights movement was a singing movement and we are not singing anymore.’ And it was my call to action,” Bornstein said.

The weekend promises to be packed with inspiration, wisdom, powerful music and a deeper understanding of the African-American oral music traditions. All that is required is a willingness to sing. Participants must be age 16 or older.

Fee for the three-day workshop is $189, $169 for MCC members. People are encouraged to attend all three days, as the material will build throughout the sessions. A limited number of spots for Friday night only are available for $49.

The schedule is: Friday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a one-hour provided lunch (including vegan and gluten-free options); and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Registration is online at or on under events tab of the MCC Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or