Dr. Susan N. Barber, Associate Professor of Bassoon
Sue Barber is the Associate Professor of Bassoon and coordinator of the Woodwind Area at the James Madison University School of Music. She performers regularly as a member of the Montpelier Wind Quintet and teaches at the Brevard Music Festival in Brevard, NC during the summer season. In addition, she is an active freelance bassoonist in the region, having performed regularly with The Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony, Opera Roanoke, Opera on The James, Chamber Orchestra of Southwest Virginia and The Oratorio Society of Charlottesville.
As an orchestral musician, Dr. Barber has performed with many of the leading artists of our time including Yo Yo Ma, Luciano Pavoratti, Joshua Bell, Ben Hepner, Midori, and Peter Serkin among others. She has performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center.
Dr. Barber is an active solo and chamber musician. Past performances include a 2006 recital with the Montpelier Wind Quintet at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, performances at the 1999, 2006, and 2007 International Double Reed Society Conventions in Madison, WI; Austin, TX; and Ithaca, NY; The Virginia Music Educator’s Annual Conference, The 2003 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, I.L., The International Alliance for Women in Music's 11th Annual Concert of Chamber Music by Women at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, and The 2002 and 2009 National Flute Conventions, in Washington, D.C. and New York, N.Y.
Dr. Barber has previously held the position of assistant principal bassoon of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and principal bassoon of the Natchez Opera and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she has also held positions with The Hartford Symphony, The Connecticut Opera, Sarasota Opera, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia (Spain), and the Soni Fidelis Woodwind Quintet. She has also appeared with the New Haven Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestra, and participated in the National Repertory Orchestra Festival, and the Banff and Sarasota Chamber Music Festivals.
She has taught bassoon and chamber music at a number of institutions including the Hartt School of Music Pre-college Program, Trinity College (CT), The New England and New York State Music Camps. She has given master classes in Chicago, Wichita, Eugene, Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Arkansas, and Louisiana and is a co-host of James Madison University’s Annual Double Reed Day Workshop for young oboe and bassoon players.
Dr. Barber earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York; a Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School in New York, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Louisiana State University. Her principal teachers include Stephen Maxym, Frank Wangler, and William Ludwig. She has also studied the Baroque bassoon at several workshops with Michael McCraw and Dominic Teresi.