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Carol Barnett

Carol Barnett
Composer-in-residence

B.A., University of Minnesota
M.A., composition, University of Minnesota

Carol Barnett has served as composer-in-residence at Gordon College since 2002. Ms. Barnett’s music has been called audacious and engaging. Her varied catalog includes works for solo voice, piano, chorus, diverse chamber ensembles, orchestra and wind ensemble. She was awarded the 2003 Nancy Van de Vate International Prize for Opera for her chamber opera, Snow, and her music theater work Meeting at Seneca Falls was featured at the 2006 Diversity Festival in Red Wing, Minnesota. Recent works include American Kaleidoscope, for the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra; Angelus ad Virginem, for the National Lutheran Choir; Remember the Ladies, for the Minnesota All-State Women’s Choir; Bega, for the 2011 Ithaca College Choral Festival; and Stars, Stones, Water, for the Minnesota Boychoir.

The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, commissioned in 2006 by VocalEssence and written with Marisha Chamberlain, has become a favorite across the country. Other commissions include works for the American Guild of Organists, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Harvard Glee Club, the Minnesota Music Teachers Association, and the Children’s Theatre of Minneapolis. She has received grants from the Jerome Foundation, the Camargo Foundation, the Inter-University Research Committee on Cyprus and the McKnight Foundation.

A longtime presence on the Minnesota music scene, Ms. Barnett is a charter member of the American Composers Forum and a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she studied composition with Dominick Argento and Paul Fetler, piano with Bernard Weiser and flute with Emil J. Niosi. She was composer-in-residence with the Dale Warland Singers from 1992 to 2001, and currently teaches at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.