Barbara Barry is Professor of Musicology at the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University. She has five degrees in music – two in piano performance from Trinity College of Music, London, and three in music history and theory from the University of London, including PhD awarded ‘magna cum laude’.
Prior coming to the United States, Barbara Barry was on the music faculty of the Music Department at University of London Goldsmiths’ College and Chair of Music History at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, one of Europe’s foremost conservatories in the Barbican Arts Center in London. She has been Chair of Music History at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, and taught at Clark University, New England Conservatory of Music, the Radcliffe Seminars and at Harvard University.
A trained pianist in the Leschetizky tradition, Barbara Barry is the author of five books, as well as many articles on music history. She has been awarded two Fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities and by the Fran Steinberg Memorial Prize for outstanding non-fiction, and was the first recipient of the Kathleen Cheek-Milby Endowed Faculty Fellowship at Lynn University. Her articles include a study of closure in Mahler published by the Journal of Musicological Research, a major article on sonata forms in Schubert published by the Journal of Music and Meaning, an article on Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ symphony in The Musical Times and two articles on Adorno’s work in the International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music. She is also a noted writer of young people’s fantasy fiction with the books The Firestone and Mephisto’s Revenge. Her new book, the third book on music, ‘Lebewohl’: Reconstructions of Death and Leave-taking in Music, was published by Pendragon Press in 2013.
Barbara Barry has given pre-concert talks at Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home at Tanglewood. She gives a series of pre-concert talks for both the Philharmonia concert season at the new Wold Center for the Performing Arts in Boca Raton, and for the Symphony of the Americas at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. She was scholar in residence in 2006 at Boston University’s summer Chamber Music Institute at Deer Valley in Utah and at the Heifetz Chamber Music Institute in 2007. She also taught at Bar Ilan University and Hebrew University in Jerusalem in spring 2011 on the Kathleen Cheek-Milby Endowed Faculty Fellowship. In summer 2013 she will in London on a Research Fellowship from the Institute for Music Research from the University of London.