Jasmine Barnes,composer

              Jasmine Arielle Barnes is a promising young composer/vocalist who has performed and has had her music performed all over the world. She is a multifaceted composer who embraces any writing style of music using a variety of instrumentation and specializes in writing for the voice. She proved her musical prowess in her debut composition concert entitled "Reality Race and Religion" that took place on May 9th, 2018 in the Gilliam Concert Hall of the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center. The Concert featured major performers like Marquita Lister, Leah Hawkins, conductors like Jordan Smith, Angelo Johnson, James Mayo, Chamber Orchestra, Choir and many more talented performers and conductors. She was the very first composition major of Morgan State University, thus hosting the first composition recital, setting the bar high for those to follow. She has had the privilege of working with the Morgan State University Choir, who has performed her music in three of the seven continents and all over the United States. In her participation as an artist in The Glimmerglass Festival 2017, She was presented with the experience of  having a few of the 2017 YAPs performing her arrangement of "Wade in the Water" at the Gospel Concert hosted by Soloman Howard. She has held the privilege of being commissioned by Baltimore Chamber Orchestra Symphony Number One for a short piece entitled "The Mind," and most recently, she was commissioned by Carl Alexander and The Voic(ed) Project for a song cycle entitled "Songs for the African Violet."


            She holds her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Music from Morgan State University in Baltimore Maryland. Her Master of Arts in Music was earned as a Composition student studying under Dr.James Lee III. She held the esteemed pleasure of being a Graduate Teaching Assistant teaching Music Theory and Aural Skills to students of Morgan State University. She is a proud member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity Inc. founded in 1903, an organization to world class singers, composers, conductors, and more acclaimed music career holders. One motto of Sigma Alpha Iota that Jasmine holds true to her life as an artist is "Vita Brevis, Ars Longa" which translates from Latin to English as "Life is Short, Art is Long". She believes that giving your all to music, contributing to the art, and teaching what you've learned is truly upholding Art and being a true musician. 


Jasmine Barnes is a product of the Baltimore City Public School System. As a youth she was fortunate to be surrounded by many artful influences that allotted her the chance to become who she is today. Programs like Twigs at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Arena Players, AKAdemy, and MICA Saturday classes exposed her to many areas of the arts. 

She is a graduate of Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle School and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. It was at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute that her spark and vigor for music was ignited as she was a member of the Marching Band, Concert Band, and Pep band all four years of high school. 

Morgan State University was where she began her professional journey as a musician. She was a member of the Morgan State University choir. Her time in the choir exposed her to life as a working musician. This drove her to want to be a well rounded musician. She began writing music for the choir to perform and her music was well received all over the world. She aspires to obtain a doctorate degree in Composition in the near future. Jasmine has always been an ambitious individual who is always willing to learn new things.

© 2018 Jasmine Barnes

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