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 such as Marquita Lister, Leah Hawkins, Alexandria Crichlow, Christian Simmons, conductors such as Jordan Smith of Symphony Number One, Angelo Johnson of the Carter Legacy Singers, James Mayo of Camerata Baltimore, Jonathan Pettus of The Jonathan Pettus Chorale, 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,"  she was commissioned by Carl Alexander and The Voic(ed) Project for a song cycle entitled "Songs for the African Violet." Performed by Leah Hawkins , Tennessee State University Meistersingers under the direction of Susan Kelly, The Burleigh Music Festival, and has many commissions in wait.


           Jasmine is not only a composer/vocalist, but an educator. She is the Head of Compositional Studies  and Jazz Voice Studies at Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX. 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. Her professional career in teaching has lead her to educator honors such as National Young Arts Foundation Educator (5x recipient), Teacher Recognition award recipient from American Composer's Forum; NextNotes High School Music Creator Competition, as well as partnering with AT&T Performing Arts Center in creating a composition competition for her students to compose an original piece for the acclaimed chandelier in the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, TX, home of the Dallas Opera.. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated as well as Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity Inc. 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 a Composition related area in the near future. Jasmine has always been an ambitious individual who is always willing to learn new things.

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