Bernard Woma has shared the performance stage with renowned artists such as Maya Angelou, Yo Yo Ma, and Glen Velez. He has performed for international dignitaries and presidents such as U. S. president Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II. He was recently honored as the cultural resource person for President Barack Obama's family when they visited Ghana. He is a true cultural treasure from Ghana who has toured the world as xylophonist and lead drummer of the National Dance Company of Ghana. Bernard is an extremely dynamic artist and deeply experienced educator. His recent appearances in the US include a performance with New York Philharmonic at the Avery Fisher, Lincoln Center, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra, residency with the Ethos Percussion group, performances and teaching at New York's AXF: African Xylophone Festival, and various universities and colleges. The performance of his composition "Gyil Nyog Me Na" in the spring of 2006 at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall is a testimony of his musicianship. Bernard is the Artistic Director of Saakumu Dance Troupe and the founder and director of the Dagara Music and Arts Center in Accra, Ghana.
Workshops and Residences
Bernard offers educational clinics and hands-on workshops to all ages. The program is designed to suit all age groups. He has taught African music and dance in many schools, colleges and universities across the world. Bernard has been teaching in the U.S for the past fifteen years and continues to be the cultural ambassador of his nation Ghana.
Elementary School Program
This special program is designed to teach and bring awareness to young kids on African music, art and culture. The program requires students to participate in physical and practical activities such as playing handmade African drums, xylophones, sing songs in different African languages and do a dance. Bernard runs a big kids ensemble of 2nd and 3rd graders at St. Annís elementary school in Brooklyn NYC. For students from pre-K through senior high, he offers school assembly participations and in-class workshops with hands-on instrumental instructions and dance movements.
College and University Program
This program is dedicated to introduce students to the study and performance of African music and dance, providing students and faculty the pedagogy and context in which they can learn and broaden their knowledge on the various genres of African performing arts. The program includes music education, music therapy, music history and music performance. Bernard has helped established African Drum and Xylophone ensembles in many universities in the U.S.