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Singing the Journey Contributor Biographies


Badri, Samir (b. 1952)

Samir is from Baghdad, Iraq. He is Muslim and is married with four children. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is currently a Software Engineer and Professor. He and his family currently reside in Arizona.

Barnwell, Ysaye (b. 1946)

Dr. Barnwell is a member of All Souls Church Unitarian, in Washington D.C. where she founded the All Souls Jubilee Singers in 1977. Her workshop, “Building a Vocal Community: Singing in the African American Tradition,” which has been conducted on three continents, was an out-growth of her work with this choir. Dr. Barnwell is a commissioned composer/arranger, author, actress, recording artist, and producer; and she has, since 1979, been a member of the internationally acclaimed a capella ensemble, Sweet Honey in The Rock. She holds the B.S. and M.S. in Speech Pathology, the Ph.D. in Cranio-facial Studies and the M.S. in Public Health. See Dr. Barnwell’s catalog of compositions and arrangements.

Barquero Cardenal, Salvador (b. 1960)

One of Nicaraguas most honored singer/songwriters. With his sister Katia, his duo, Guardabarranco, has sung all over the world. The movie Carla’s Song used his Guerrero del Amor (Warrior of Love) for its theme. He is a fine painter, a poet, a father of two boys, a husband, and an ecologist. He lives in house on the road from Managua to Masaya. His ancestors on both sides of the family had Jewish heritage.

Barron, Mortimer (b. 1939)

Mr. Barron lives in Providence, RI. He graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. in 1961. He studied the pipe organ with Professor Anton Heiller, in Vienna, Austria, from 1961-1962. Mr. Barron did post-graduate work at the Yale University Music School from 1963-1964. He has written a symphony (which was performed in 1985), a string quartet, a cantata, numerous chamber works, and works for voice as well as for chorus.

Benjamin, Tom (b. 1940)

Born in Bennington, VT, Dr. Benjamin received his degrees from Bard College, Harvard, Brandeis, and Eastman. He studied composition with Leon Kirchner, Carlos Surinach, Ernst Krenek, Arthur Berger, and Bernard Rogers. Dr. Benjamin has composed works for all media, including concertos for violin, piano and viola, symphonies, oratorios, cantatas, six operas and a great deal of choral and chamber music. Over sixty of his works have been commercially published, and several have been commercially recorded. He is author of two books on counterpoint, published by Routledge, and co-author of three music theory texts, published by Wadsworth and Oxford University Press. He has won prizes in a wide variety of composition contests here and abroad, and he has received numerous grants, awards and commissions, from the National Endowment for the Arts, ASCAP, Meet-the-Composer, the National Music Theater Network, the Barlow Foundation and many others. He is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, the Virginia Center and Hambidge Center. Also active as a clarinetist and choral conductor, Dr. Benjamin taught for many years at the National Music Camp (Interlochen) and the University of Houston’s School of Music. He has just retired from teaching theory and composition at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he was for some years Chair of the Department of Music Theory. Dr. Benjamin is a Unitarian Universalist (UU) and currently lives in Columbia, MD. He is the Director of Music at the UU Congregation of Columbia, MD.

Bornstein, Mimi (b. 1964)

Mimi is a professional choral director, pianist, singer, performer, composer, workshop and worship leader, and sound healer. Her home-base is in mid-coast Maine. Mimi travels extensively bringing her ministry to Unitarian Universalist congregations nationwide. She is a Unitarian Universalist with Jewish roots.

Budd, Daniel (b. 1951)

Daniel is currently serving as Parish Minister at the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, OH.

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Last updated on Thursday, August 21, 2014.

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