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If you're new to the lab and want to learn more, or simply wondering who would choose to spend their time and energy in this obscure line of research, allow me to introduce myself. I am Carolyn Barber, the Ron & Carol Cope Professor of Music and Director of Bands in the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I have been on the team at UNL since 2001. My degrees are in horn performance (BM, Northwestern University; MM, Yale University) and conducting (DM, Northwestern University). My principal conducting teachers were John P. Paynter and Victor Yampolsky. Prior to arriving in Lincoln, I served as the Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and performed as principal horn with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra. I have presented various iterations of my research at the Midwest Clinic, CBDNA, ASTA, and NAfME conferences, state music educators conventions, and district training workshops nationwide. I have been fortunate to receive several awards for musical and academic achievement, including the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Distinguished Teaching Award, a Hixson-Lied Professorship, multiple National Band Association Citations of Excellence, and in 2019 I was the Martha Daniel Newell Scholar at Georgia College where I spent a semester deep in the research that fuels the Ensemble Performance Lab. My writing has been published in the Journal of Band Research, and I have been a regular contributor to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band reference series. I am the state chair and a member of the research committee for CBDNA, a peer reviewer for the Journal of the Conductors Guild, past president of the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, and a past president of the Big Ten Band Directors Association.

University of Nebraska Band
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