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CHARRISE BARRON email@example.com mobile: +1 713-569-8474 Education Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Doctor of Philosophy in African American Studies, expected 2015. Fields of Concentration: Religion and Ethnomusicology. Focus of Research: Modern Gospel Music. Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT Master of Divinity, summa cum laude, May 2010. Curricular Emphasis: Sacred Music and Preaching. Yale Institute of Sacred Music, New Haven, CT Certificate, May 2010. Curricular Emphasis: Religion and Music. Ty Boyd Excellence in Speaking Institute Certificate, April 20, 2006 Week long course in public speaking taught by the public speaking expert Ty Boyd. Houston Community College System, Houston, TX Marketable Skills Achievement Certificate – Web Design, Spring 2005. Coursework included: HTML, graphic design, and Fireworks software. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, June 1998. Concentration: Computer Science. Dean's List; Musician, Kuumba Singers; Independent Research in the History of Gospel Music; Independent Research in Gospel Music Performance. Licensures and Credentials National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Ordination. June 7, 2009. JOY Baptist Tabernacle, Houston, TX. Dr. Michael P. Williams, Founding Pastor. Dr. Gregory Ballard, Senior Pastor. Licensure. January 31, 2007. JOY Baptist Tabernacle, Houston, TX. Dr. Michael P. Williams, Founding Pastor. Dr. Gregory Ballard, Senior Pastor. Charrise Barron/page 2 of 7 Fellowships and Prizes Harvard University Graduate Prize Fellowship April 2010 Chosen as Fellowship recipient for doctoral studies at Harvard University. Awarded by Harvard University's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences to qualified minority Ph.D. students underrepresented in arts and sciences at Harvard University. Dwight-Hooker Fellowship May 2010 Chosen as Fellowship recipient for further theological study. Jess H. and Hugo A. Norenberg Prize May 2010 Chosen as Prize recipient for excellence in preaching and/or the conduct of corporate worship. Two Brothers Fellowship February 2009 for Summer 2009 Chosen as Fellowship recipient for summer study at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. Other Honors & Awards Contributor, The African American Lectionary, online 2010 Lectionary Contributed to the development of the online Music and Worship Resources for Youth Day (Youth and Health) 2010. Student Marshal, Yale Divinity School May 2010 Chosen to represent Master of Divinity degree recipients before Yale University President Richard Levin at Yale University’s 309th Commencement Exercises. Choir Member - Presidential Inauguration Concert, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. January 19, 2009 Performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as a member of the 60-voice choir led by Damien Sneed in celebration of both the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Judge – Gospel Fest New Haven July 2008 Sat on panel of five judges to choose artists to perform and compete at Gospel Fest New Haven, the largest outdoor gospel music festival in the state of Connecticut. Charrise Barron/page 3 of 7 Invited Guest Clinician, Eighth Annual African American Music Festival March 2007 Presented an original song to the Festival choir that was recorded for their annual music compact disc release; sat on panel to discuss Gospel Music Industry and Copyrighting. Judge – Texas Gospel Music Excellence Award Showcase 2006 Sat on panel of four judges to choose the new artists to perform at the Ninth Annual Texas Gospel Music Excellence Awards program. Invited Guest Clinician, Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church Women’s Retreat July 2006 Presented an original song to the Women’s Retreat choir and ministered during worship service. Invited Guest Clinician, Seventh Annual African American Music Festival March 2006 Presented an original song to the Festival choir that was recorded for their annual music compact disc release. Award for Outstanding Musicianship, GCIC Jazz Festival March 25, 2006 Received award for best performance of all Rhythm section musicians from Houston Community College. Recorded Compositions “Wonderful,” Glenda Taylor: Lord, I Want to Thank You, Marxan Records 2008. Composed the song “Wonderful.” “One Thing,” Cecil A. Edgerton & Friends: Bless the Lord, Derbytown Records, Inc. 2007. Composed and provided lead vocals for the song “One Thing.” Vocational Experience Pastor, Black Church At Yale, Yale University, New Haven, CT Summer 2009 – Summer 2010 (The Black Church At Yale is a fully student-run campus church at Yale University that was founded by black students and alumni in 1972.) Performed all duties of senior pastorate, including, but not limited to, preaching, teaching, leading in strategic planning and administration, providing pastoral care to church members, providing guidance and leadership to church council, and liaising with other organizations at Yale such as the University Chaplain’s Office, the Afro-American Cultural Center, and various student organizations. Charrise Barron/page 4 of 7 Project Assistant, Jonathan Berryman Documentary, New Haven, CT Summer 2008 – present Served as assistant on documentary project, led by Yale Musicology Professor Margot Fassler, that chronicled the work of Jonathan Berryman, Music Director at the oldest Black church in Bridgeport, CT; provided insights into Black gospel music industry and into African American sacred music and church traditions to documentary producer; reviewed drafts of documentary and provided feedback; accompanied producer on interviews and consulted regarding themes of questions. Intern, CT Sponsoring Committee, New Haven, CT Summer 2008 Built relationships with local pastors; regularly held one-on-one meetings with clergypeople in the cities and surrounding areas of New Haven and Fairfield; learned and exercised principles of relational power as exemplified by the Interfaith Alliance Foundation. Minister of Music, Steps of Faith in Christ, Houston, TX Summer 2007 Taught music to adult and youth choirs, as well as Praise & Worship Team; led Praise & Worship; served as Musical Director; accompanied choirs and Praise & Worship Teams at local church and when visiting other churches in the community. Distribution Manager, U-ZONE Magazine, Houston, TX Winter 2006 Managed national distribution of the U-ZONE Urban Gospel magazine. Houston Chapter Rep, Urban Gospel Alliance (UGA), Houston, TX July 2006 – July 2007 Promoted Urban Gospel in all of formats in the Houston area; planned and hosted Urban Gospel concerts. Pulpit Ministry Team Member, JOY Baptist Tabernacle, Houston, TX June 2006 – August 2007 Coordinated a Pastoral Care Team that provided regular contact with a subset of households in the congregation; led Intercessory Prayer with other Team members. Webminister, JOY Baptist Tabernacle, Houston, TX 2004 – 2007 Planned and executed the re-launch of church web site and managed maintenance of web site; trained team of volunteers to maintain web site. Site Coordinator, Vacation Bible School, JOY Baptist Tabernacle, Houston, TX Summer 2005 Coordinated activities of Vacation Bible School teachers and volunteers to ensure smooth daily operations; facilitated Vacation Bible School daily worship services. Charrise Barron/page 5 of 7 Youth Minister of Music, JOY Baptist Tabernacle, Houston, TX 2002 Taught and directed the youth choir; developed medium-term and short-term plans for Youth Music Ministry; led Praise & Worship at youth worship services. Musician, Willesden New Testament Church of God, London, England 2001 - 2002 Provided keyboard or organ accompaniment with other band members during worship services; directed and taught music to adult choir as requested. Minister of Music, House of Deliverance Church, Boston, MA Spring 1998 Served as Minister of Music as part of a Harvard College independent research course in Gospel Music. Founding Member & Music Director, The Lord Jesus Christ Holy House of Prayer, Houston, TX 2000 Served in music ministry during worship services. Minister of Music, The Lord Jesus Christ Holiness Church, Houston, TX 1994 – 2000 Planned and developed repertoire for the church’s adult choir; directed and taught music to adult choir; provided organ accompaniment at all services. Other Ministry In The Community Zion Baptist Church Youth Sunday Services, Preachment. Waterbury, CT, 2009. Macedonia Baptist Church, Preachment. Ansonia, CT, 2008, 2009. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Music. Peekskill, NY, 2008. CT State Missionary Baptist Convention Congress of Christian Education 5th Sunday Worship Service, Preachment. Hartford CT, 2008. Star of Hope Baptist Church, Youth Conference Speaker (preachment). Philadelphia, PA, 2008. First Calvary Baptist Church, Preachment. New Haven, CT 2008. Christ Chapel New Testament Church, Music, Preachment. New Haven, CT 2007, 2008. 2009, 2010. Black Church at Yale, Music, Preachment. New Haven, CT 2007, 2009. Marquand Chapel, Yale Divinity School. Music. New Haven, CT, 2007, 2008. Community Baptist Church, Music, Preachment. New Haven, CT, 2008. Charrise Barron/page 6 of 7 Liberty Baptist Church, Preachment. Elizabeth, NJ, 2008. Greater Victory Christian Ministries. Music. Lorain, OH, 2008. Wesleyan University, Music. Middletown, CT, 2008. Other Significant Work Experience Founder, New Media Consultant, More Excellent Media Group, LLC, Houston, TX April 2005 – August 2008. Founded web design and media consulting firm to provide web design, graphic design, and marketing consulting services, with particular attention given to the needs of faith- based organizations. Senior Business Systems Analyst, Information Services International, Houston, TX June 2000 - June 2006. (Information Services International is a division of M&M/Mars, Inc.) Represented American region of Information Technology division on a global development project team based in France and Great Britain. Planned and carried out software implementations in Western Europe and Mexico. Business Systems Analyst, Information Services International, Houston, TX June 1998 - June 2000. (Information Services International is a division of M&M/Mars, Inc.) Provided support of manufacturing software for approximately 5,000 associates at fourteen production facilities in the United States and Canada. Service To University Class Officer, Yale Divinity School, Spring 2010. Director, Total Praise Ensemble, Fall 2007 – Spring 2010. Choir Director, Living Water Middle Passage Conversations Conference play, Spring 2008. Student Member, Yale Divinity School Worship Committee, Spring 2009 – Spring 2010. Professional Memberships Director, Advancement Through Education Program (ATEP) Director of Special Projects & Development Initiatives, Chorale Le Chateau. American Academy of Religion. American Musicological Society. Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship. Society of Ethnomusicology. Charrise Barron/page 7 of 7 Academic Presentations “Israel Houghton & A New Breed of Religious Discourse” Yale Institute of Sacred Music (ISM) Colloquium, New Haven, CT. February 2010. Senior Year Presentation to Yale ISM faculty and students during the ISM weekly plenary meeting. Skills Web Design & Development, Graphic Design. Project Planning & Management, Training. Languages Spanish: conversational, business, and reading knowledge. Greek: elementary reading knowledge of Koine. French: some conversational and some reading knowledge.
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