Yolanda F. Johnson

Music She Wrote


A unique collaboration with soprano Brooke Bryant, Music She Wrote features works by the most celebrated women composers throughout music history.  

The concert takes the audience on a musical journey from the middle ages, with chant by prolific composer, abbess, and mystic Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), to the present day, with compositions by living composers including Lucy Coolidge and Lena McLin (b. 1928).  Other featured composers include Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677), African-American composers Margaret Bonds (1913-1972) and Florence Price (1887-1953), and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847).

Enjoy these excerpts from Music She Wrote.

A Spirituals Experience


Why “Wade in the Water?”  Was there a reason to tell the chariot to “Swing Low?”  Yolanda F. Johnson explores the emotional, spiritual journey and hidden communication traditional African-American spirituals conveyed for the enslaved Africans in America and the influence of spirituals on music of the Civil Rights Movement on through popular music. First premiered in Harlem in February 2011 for Black History Month, Yolanda continues to offer special insight on traditional spirituals with performances of A Spirituals Experience.  Part lecture, part recital, the program also includes a sing-along for audience members to gain a new understanding of these well-known and beloved songs.

A Spirituals Experience should be seen and heard by as many people as possible.
— -Lloyd Grove, Journalist

"It brought me to tears."

"I learned so much, and now I want to  know more about this important music." 


"...lovely tone... and great emotional investment. Her personal touch made the material enjoyable and approachable to diverse audiences...

-Audience Reactions