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Chanda Rule

Lecturer for Voice (Faculty of Music)
Artistic Major(s): Vocals

Artistic and pedagogical education 

  • 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

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


  • 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

Prizes, awards, miscellaneous 

  • 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
  • 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