Composer:   Ysaye Barnwell
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   The Musical Source
Edition:   YMB109
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   divisi a cappella


Zack Carlson
Buffalo High School
R&R Chair High School Choirs

From an a capella suite of songs entitled Lessons, Dr. Barnwell’s We Are… is a reflection on who we are as individuals and who we are as a community. A lead vocal line is stretched across the piece over alto, tenor, baritone, and bass lines singing dm dm dm, da-dm dm da-dm dm dm, or ba ba-dum, ba ba-dum while the sopranos have a secondary melody. Both melodies play off one another and often surface as a beautiful duet. Consider teaching this completely a capella to ensure that each syllable is where it needs to be.