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Gregory BarrettGregory Barrett

D.Mus., Indiana University

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Dr. Gregory Barrett, professor of clarinet and chamber music at Northern Illinois University, is a master teacher and performer. He has presented recitals and classes throughout the United States, and in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Japan. Dr. Barrett is a graduate of Northwestern University, SUNY-Buffalo, and Indiana University to which he has returned as a guest teacher. Barrett takes special delight in the achievements of his students who have performed in groups such as the Beijing Symphony Orchestra and who have gone on to study at the Curtis Institute of Music, University of Kansas, University of Missouri – Kansas City, and Yale University. Since 2000 four clarinet studio members have been winners in the NIU Concerto Competition, including two Premiere winners.

Currently performing with the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra, he has been bass clarinetist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, as well as with numerous other orchestras in the Carolinas, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa. He has been a Buffet Group USA Artist since 2000.

Inspired by the music of Jean Sibelius, Dr. Barrett has developed a wide-reaching interest in Finnish music and culture. The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs sponsored Dr. Barrett's research in Finland to meet with contemporary composers of works for the clarinet. Resulting from this trip were Barrett's dissertation and The Finnish Clarinet, released by ALBA CDs, Finland. Expanding on his interest in Scandinavian music to include Denmark, Barrett recently completed sabbatical work researching Danish clarinet music. In 2009 he won second prize in the Research Competition of the International Clarinet Association for his presentation on Carl Nielsen’s clarinetist, Aage Oxenvad.

Barrett frequently collaborates with composers in their new works. In July 2005 he twice performed Paul Moravec’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Tempest Fantasy under Moravec’s guidance at the Mammoth Lakes Chamber Music Festival, California. He has premiered works by Howard Buss, Lasse Jalava, David Maki, Riikka Talvitie, and Olli Virtaperko.

For the International Clarinet Association, Dr. Barrett is Illinois State Chair and Editor of Reviews for the association’s quarterly The Clarinet. As a composer and arranger, Barrett has written several works featuring the clarinet. OR-TAV Publishers has available his klezmer pieces for clarinet trio, clarinet choir, and clarinet solo with band. His reconstruction of Jean Sibelius's lost En Saga Septet is available from Breitkopf & Härtel, Wiesbaden, Germany. Dr. Barrett premiered the En Saga Septet with members of the Lahti (Finland) Sinfonia Chamber Ensemble in June 2003 in Vienna's Musikverein. Edition Wilhelm Hansen, Copenhagen offers his arrangement for clarinet and piano of Carl Nielsen’s Chaconne, Op. 32. Gérard Billaudot Éditeur, Paris, has released his 24 Clarinet Etudes from the World, advanced concert etudes in all keys featuring melodies from around the world.