Carolyn A. Barber (associate professor/director of bands, School of Music) earned a B.M. in horn performance at Northwestern University, an M.M. in horn performance from Yale University, and returned to Northwestern to earn her D.M. in conducting as a student of John P. Paynter and Victor Yampolsky.
Dr. Barber began her career as a lecturer and assistant to the dean of the Northwestern University School of Music. Her duties included teaching advanced conducting and directing the university's 118-piece Concert Band. Prior to her appointment at UNL, Dr. Barber also served as the director of bands at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Apart from her conducting and teaching at UW-L, Dr. Barber also served for five years as the principal horn of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra.
As director of bands at UNL, her teaching assignment is now a hybrid of traditional academic courses and performance-based courses. This combination provides a rich atmosphere for the cross-pollination of ideas, techniques, and creative problem solving. Dr. Barber's chief area of research is conducting practice and pedagogy, and her research fuels and is fueled by her work in both the classroom and the concert hall. Dr. Barber has received numerous awards for musical and academic achievement, including the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Distinguished Teaching Award.
Her research interests include extensive involvement in 12 compact disc recording projects, and a growing list of commissions of new works for wind band. She has also published in the Journal of Band Research, and the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band reference series. Dr. Barber maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician. Recently, her conducting schedule has included engagements in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia and New York.