Violinist and violist Barbara Barber is internationally known as a recording artist, pedagogue, publisher, consultant, adjudicator, editor and author. She has concertized and presented at conferences, institutes and workshops across the United States, and in Canada, Mexico, El Salvador, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, Ireland, Finland, Sweden and Bermuda. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras across the United States, Mexico, and Brazil. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in violin performance from Texas Tech University with additional studies at Interlochen Music Camp, Rocky Ridge Music Center, Accademia di Chigiana in Italy, Taos School of Music and Banff Centre. Her teachers have been Josephine McAndrew, Rosemary Malocsay, James Barber, Angel Reyes, Ruggiero Ricci and Sidney Harth and she studied violin pedagogy with Shinichi Suzuki, John Kendall and William Starr, among others. Barber has taught violin and violin pedagogy at Texas Tech University, Texas Christian University, and the University of Colorado in Boulder. Active in the American String Teachers Association and the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Barbara Barber has been recognized for her many articles, presentations and roles on advisory and editorial boards. She was Chair of the Violin Committee for the revision of the 2003 ASTA String Syllabus, is a Registered Violin Teacher Trainer and past board member of SAA and current board member of Suzuki Association of Colorado. Colorado ASTA presented its “Exemplary Private String Teacher Award” to Barber in 2012 and she recently authored the article "Shinichi Suzuki" for the Grove Dictionary of Music. Her numerous series of books and CDs — Solos For Young Violinists, Solos For Young Violists, Scales For Advanced Violinists, Scales for Advanced Violists, Twinkle Variations Festival Arrangement and Fingerboard Geography — are published by Preludio Music Inc., distributed exclusively by Alfred Publishing Company and sold worldwide. She has also released a CD with Brian Lewis and Michael McLean entitled Care To Tango? (Oak Cliff) and has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, Boulder Bach Festival, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia of Colorado, Estes Park Music Festival, Chamber Music Society of Estes Park, Estes Park Chamber Orchestra, Longmont Symphony and Santa Fe Symphony. Barber served as Artist Teacher in Violin at Boulder Arts Academy and maintained a private studio in Estes Park and Longmont before joining the sales staff of Robertson & Sons Violin Shop, Inc. in 2014. In addition to assisting students, parents, teachers and artists in choosing instruments to meet their needs, Barber presents concerts, masterclasses and pedagogy seminars for teachers on a regular basis at Robertson's.
Barbara Barber has more than 40 years of teaching experience working with students of all ages and has traveled extensively, performing solo and chamber music concerts and conducting numerous violin and viola pedagogy clinics and courses for teachers and teaching students at conferences, workshops and institutes. She made nine trips to Brazil where she conducted pedagogy courses for teachers, worked with students and performed solo concerts. Recent lecture-recitals and clinics have taken her to American String Teachers Association Conferences in Columbus, Dallas, Reno, Albuquerque and Providence and Suzuki Association of the Americas Conferences in Minneapolis. Additional residencies and presentations have been at Stanford University, University of Texas at Austin, Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio, Nevada Music Teachers National Association Conference at the University of Nevada, University of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Florida Music Educators Association Convention in Tampa, Longy School of Music in Boston, Community Music School in Philadelphia, Montana Music Educators Association Convention in Bozeman, Music Institute of Chicago, St. Cuthbert’s College in Auckland, New Zealand, New Jersey ASTA conference at New Jersey City University, Oklahoma ASTA at Oklahoma State University and Colorado ASTA in Colorado Springs. Barber’s former students include many professional teachers and performers as well as engineers, medical professionals and scientists. They have attended universities and conservatories such as Texas Tech University, Texas Christian University, University of Texas, University of North Texas, Baylor, Southwestern, Trinity, University of Colorado, University of Northern Colorado, Colorado College, Brigham Young University, University of Michigan, Vanderbilt, Florida State, MIT, Harvard, Princeton, West Point, Yale, Tufts, UCLA, Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin, Cleveland Institute of Music, Juilliard and Eastman School of Music.
Barbara’s students have performed with the Denver Young Artist Orchestra, Longmont Youth Symphony, Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra, Colorado All State Orchestra, Oratorio Society of Estes Park and Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas. Her students receive the highest ratings each year in the American String Teachers Association Certificate Advancement Program. Several have been prize winners in the Andrew D. Keller Young Artist Competition, DYAO and GBYO concerto competitions and have received scholarships from the Longmont Wednesday Musical Club, Lamont Summer Academy, Rocky Ridge Music Center and Colorado ASTA.
This hour long informal recital was given in Houston in May, 2013 in honor of Barbara's first violin teacher, Josephine McAndrew. Use the time markings below the video to skip to each piece. The program includes works by J.S. Bach, Behnam Arzaghi, Mozart, Dvorak, Smetana and Elgar.