Clarinet Professor Enjoying Busy Year

Gregory Barrett, Associate Professor of Clarinet in the NIU School of Music, has been very busy this summer and will continue with several noted activities this fall.

Greg taught and performed for two weeks this summer at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center Symphony Session in Door County, Wisconsin. In addition, he performed a recital with NIU piano faculty member JeongSoo Kim at the 2010 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest in Austin, Texas.

Resulting from an NIU Committee for the Improvement of Undergraduate Education Grant, Dr. Barrett completed the composition of 24 clarinet etudes, each based on folk music from a different country.

In September he will be a guest recitalist for the Finnish Clarinet Society's 30th Anniversary Concert in Helsinki. He will premiere and record a newly commissioned work by Olli Virtaperko and also present a recital at the Sibelius Library in Turku, Finland.

In October he will perform with the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra, comprised of members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other leading Chicago area musicians, at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts.

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