Onome is a New York City-based, Nigerian-American artist who has studied with Bobby McFerrin, jazz vocalists Carla Cook and Rihannon, experimental vocalist Meredith Monk, and Opera Ebony founder Wayne Sanders. With writing and music as her primary tools, she give performances and workshops focused on spiritual liberation, self discovery, community building and empowerment through creative expression. Onome is the artistic director for Lush Tongue, a project that uses vocal improvisation and an eclectic, globally multicultural repertoire of music from women composers. She is a core member of Moving Star, a vocal improvisation lab at Carnegie Hall. She has toured with Neil Young as a member of Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir, and sung at international conferences with the environmentalist ensemble Aklima. She also co-hosts a popular monthly improvisational vocal gathering called Sounding NYC. She recently completed her first year of the Performance and Performance Studies MFA Program at Pratt Institute.
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For bookings: onome at onome.org
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY
MFA, Performance and Performance Studies, 2018
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville NY
B.A. in Liberal Arts
ENSEMBLESLush Tongue Artistic Director
A women's ensemble project that focuses on a cappella improvisation based on songs from women composers of all cultures.
Moving Star Ensemble Member
Sounding NYC Founding Member
Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Choir Member
RECENT PERFORMANCES AND WORKSHOPSJalopy Theatre and School of Music Brooklyn, NY
The FUNdamentals of Vocal Improvisation, June-July 2017
A beginner course on the basic building blocks of vocal improvisation.
The Art of Improvisational Group Singing, January 2017
An intermediate course on group vocal improvisation techniques.
A Cappella Songs Across Africa, November-December 2016
A survey course on pan-African a cappella folk song repertoire.
Carnegie Hall New York, NY
OTOYOTOY, January 2017
Performance in a children's opera.
The Leadership Program New York, NY
Trainer, 2014 - present
I create and lead performing arts enrichment programs in several schools, with a focus on chorus.
MIMA Music Brooklyn, NY
Music workshop facilitator, 2013 - present
I teach courses in group improvisation and songwriting for middle and high school students.
Rosie's Theater Kids New York, NY
Teaching artist, 2013 - 2014
In this year-long residency with the acclaimed youth theater ensemble program founded by Rosie
O'Donnell, I worked with 12 students who collectively wrote, composed and performed their
original song for their spring gala.
Music in the Classrooms Teacher Training New York, NY
Columbia University-Teacher's College, 2013-2014
I facilitated a series of professional development trainings for teachers to incorporate music into their
classroom teaching practice.