Dr. Diane Barger is Hixson-Lied Professor of Clarinet at the University of Nebraska School of Music and a member of the Moran Woodwind Quintet. She currently serves as principal clarinet with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, is Nebraska State Chair (2010-present) and Past-Treasurer (2000-2010) of the International Clarinet Association, and is a Buffet Crampon USA Artist/Clinician. In addition to her work as a collegiate educator, Dr. Barger actively works with pre-college clarinetists and is involved in mentoring her cadre of clarinet instructors at Cornerstone Academy of Clarinet, LLC where she serves as Founder and Professor of Clarinet.
An active soloist and chamber musician, master class clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States, Dr. Barger looks forward to serving as guest artist and clinician at the 2013 Alabama Clarinet Symposium in March and performing a featured recital in Assisi, Italy this coming July for the International Clarinet Association's (ICA) annual ClarinetFest®. She was a featured artist at the 2012 (Nebraska), 2011 (California), 2010 (Texas), 2009 (Portugal), 2008 (Missouri), 2007 (Canada), 2006 (Georgia), 2005 (Tokyo), 2004 (Washington, D.C.), 2000 (Oklahoma), and 1997 (Texas) ICA ClarinetFests® and the 2009, 2002, and 1998 Oklahoma Clarinet Symposiums in Norman, Oklahoma. She was the guest artist for the 2007 and 2004 Alabama Clarinet Retreat in Birmingham, the 2001 Southern Appalachian Clarinet Retreat in North Carolina, and appeared as soloist with the Northern Arizona University in the spring of 2009 and with the Florida State University in the fall of 2002. A specialist in the genre of operatic fantasies for clarinet based on Vincenzo Bellini operas, Dr. Barger can be heard as a featured soloist on the International Clarinet Association's 1998 Recording Project compact disc in a performance of Domenico Mirco's "La Sonnambula" Fantasia for clarinet and piano.
Several projects from Dr. Barger's spring 2011 Faculty Development Leave came to fruition in August 2012: a CD entitled "Bling Bling" featuring six clarinet works by American composer Scott McAllister (Bling Bling, Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind, Nine Bagatelles, Uncle Sam's Songbag, Funk, and X3) and her own editions of thirteen operatic fantasies from the 19th Century based on Vincenzo Bellini operas are available through Potenza Music. For more information, visit this link:Potenza Music
With the Moran Woodwind Quintet, one of the most active and visible quintets in the Midwest, Dr. Barger looks forward to their 2013 tour to Texas and Oklahoma this spring. The quintet also participated in lecture/performances at the 2011 College Music Society (CMS) National Conference in Richmond, Virgiania, the 2010 CMS National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the 2008 CMS National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, the 2005 CMS International Conference in Alcala de Henaras, Spain, and the 2005 CMS National Conference in Quebec City, Canada. The quintet has also performed at the Grand Valley Music Festival, the North Central Music Educator's National Convention, and at various colleges and universities around the United States. Their 1998 compact disc recording by Crystal Records, "Postcards from the Center," features works by American composers Lieuwen, Murdock, Higdon, and Heiden. Their 2007 and 2004 CD projects features the music of Theodore Blumer and is also available through Crystal Records. With the oboist and bassoonist of the quintet, Dr. Barger was a featured guest artist in a recital at the 2004 IDRS convention in Melbourne, Australia.