1933 - 2020

Barbara Jean Meadows

Barbara sang for over thirty years in the Our Own Thing Chorale under the leadership of founder Dr. Willis Patterson. She was thrilled the Chorale continues its legacy under the direction of one of her dearest mentees, Darnell Ishmel.

Barbara  earnestly believed that being responsible for each other was the only way to truly improve 

the world in which we live.


In lieu of flowers, Barbara wished that donations be made to several organizations including 

Our Own Thing Chorale.

We are honored to receive donations in her memory.

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About Us


The Chorale

The Willis C.Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale (OOTC) is committed to the preservation and performance of traditional African American spirituals as well as contemporary choral compositions written and/or arranged by African American composers and musicians. The Chorale also works to raise funds for the Our Own Thing Instructional Program.


The Instructional Program

The Willis C. Patterson Our Own Thing Instructional Program provides free instruction in the arts, both vocal and instrumental, rental of musical instruments, and scholarships to area youngsters who would otherwise be unable to afford the opportunity to study music.

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Listen to a sample of our singing

WCPOOTC George Shirley Heritage Concert 12.8.19.m (mp3)