Jasmine Arielle Barnes is a promising 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. 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. As a student in the Morgan State University Choir, she was privy to showcasing her work through the choir, who has performed her music in three of the seven continents and all over the United States. She has held the privilege of being commissioned by numerous organizations such as The Washington National Opera, Bare Opera, Resonance Ensemble, City Works Cleveland, LyricFest Philadelphia, Baltimore Choral Arts, Burleigh Music Festival, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra Symphony Number One, Baltimore Musicals, The Voic(ed) Project , amongst others. Jasmine is beginning to be noticed for her work. Her 10 minute opera entitled "The Late Walk" commissioned by Bare Opera as a part of the Decameron Opera Coalition has been archived in the Library of Congress. She was named a winner of the Black Brilliance award by The Pleiades Project. Outside of commissions, her work has been performed by numerous High Performing Artists and Organizations such as Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, Karen Slack, Leah Hawkins, Marquita Lister, Gabrielle Gilliam,Tennessee State University Meistersingers, University of North Iowa, University of Memphis, Indiana University (graduate song literature class), Alexandria Crichlow, Christian Simmons, among other emerging and established artists and organizations.
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 which prepared her well for teaching various levels of Music Theory including AP Music Theory in her current position. 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 at no expense to her Mother. This free arts education inspired Jasmine to want to give in the same way. She aspires to build her own Non-Profit to bring art lessons to low-income communities.
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.