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Chanda Rule

Dozentur für Gesang (Fakultät Musik)
Hauptfach/Instrument: Gesang


  • Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, New York, M.Div, 2017. Focus: Theology and Community Song
  • The City College of New York, Jazz Performance, 2003 - 2005
  • Howard University, Washington, DC, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 1996

Work Experience

  • Vocalist: Performing Artist (US, Europe, Russia); Solo Artist, Golden Gospel Singers, Christmas Tours & Gospel Workshop leader; Lead Vocalist, Outreach Orchestra, Schwaz; Afro American Christmas with Nobuntu and Carlton Holmes; Song leader, Saint Peter’s Jazz Church, NYC; Opening act for India.Arie, Amel Larrieux, Angela Bofill, Regina Belle & The Whispers
  • Media: Ö1 "Jazznacht" ORF's Dancing Stars, WDR Germany, WBAI NYC
  • Musical Theatre: Shakespeare in the Park, Hair (Italy), Theaterworks, Milwaukee Rep

CD Publications (Discography)

Recordings: Like|Water (2005), I Too Speak of a River (2007), LIVE in Schwaz (2009), Rise Up (2010), Movement (Choko Records, 2010) Surrender (2010), Feelin' Good feat. Donny McCaslin (2011), Homebound feat. Jason Rigby (2013) Sapphire Dreams with Kirk Lightsey (2018) Better Place (2018)
Featured Vocalist with recordings by: Martin Reiter, Nobuntu, Victor Jones, Gene Pritsker, Jane Getter, and Gernot Bernroider

Teaching & Research

  • Conservatory
    Vienna Music Institute, 2017
  • Master Classes and Workshops
    Outreach Academy since 2007
    NYCMusikMarathon since 2012
    Community Works, NYC – Teaching Artist - 2012
    Mostly Mozart, Manhattan New Music Project, NYC – Visiting Artist – 2012
    Essex Street Academy, NYC – Teaching Artist - 2006
    Improv Around the World, Sponsored by US Embassy Moscow, Russia – Visiting Artist – 2005
    Golden Gospel Singers Gospel Music Workshop, Song leader and lecture, 2003
  • Choral and Community Song
    Music That Makes Community
    Rise Up Vocal Workshops & Choir
  • Lectures
    The Midwife, The Mother and The Butterfly: Story, Congregational Music for the healing and transformation of our communities
    Wade in the Water: African American Musical History of Gospel Music in America
  • Private Vocal Coaching


  • Crescendo Jazz Magazine, September 2018
  • Liturgie und Kultur, August 2018
    D’Jazz, “Miss Charm” Elena Shevchenko. June 11
    Billboard Books, “The New Face of Jazz,” p. 241. Janus, Cicily. July 10
    Jazz Magazine “Chanda Rule: come un fiume che scorre,” Maimeri, Marco. June 08

Grants & Awards

  • Hudnut Award, Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University
  • Hough Scholarship, (full tuition) Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University
  • Apollo Salon Series, Featured New Works (Listening to Roots & Voicing Branches)
  • Harlem Stage Fund for New Works (I Too Speak of a River Concert/Workshop)
  • Manya Lugova Stepanskaya Scholarship for Musical Studies
  • Brooklyn Library Jazz Performance Grant
  • Howard University National Merit Scholarship