Described as “a composer of profound sensibility”, Scottish-American Jennifer Margaret Barker has received performances of her compositions on six continents. Hailed by critics as “extraordinarily moving”, “soul-stirring”, “at once gripping and timeless”, “show-stopping”, “anything but passive”, “blazingly alive, with lovely, aching melodies”, “haunting”, “beautiful...warm”, and “illuminated by dreamy images”, her compositions have been performed by orchestras such as the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony; choral ensembles such as Vocal de Cámara Platense, the Bearsden Choir, the Virginia Children’s Chorus, and the Children’s Chorus of Maryland; chamber ensembles such as Vocali3e, Orchestra 2001, Network for New Music, 6-WIRE, Relâche, the Society for New Music and Mélomanie; and an extensive list of international artists including British pianist, Martin Jones and Powell Artist, Alice K. Dade. Recent international festivals in which her music has been featured include Malta’s Victoria International Arts Festival, Brazil’s Festival Internacional Compositores de Hoje, and America’s Festival Mozaic. Her compositions have been featured on documentaries and promotional videos; exhibited as music-video art in galleries; utilized as underscoring to theatrical productions; and broadcast on American public radio (including 'Performance Today'), Canadian radio, Hong Kong radio, Swedish radio and the BBC. Published by Boosey & Hawkes, Theodore Presser, Southern Percussion, Vanderbeek & Imrie, and McKenna-Keddie, Barker’s compositions have been released on the Naxos, Albany, New World Records, Composers Recordings Inc., Meyer Media, and PnOVA labels. Dr. Barker is Professor of Composition/Theory at the University of Delaware.
In addition to composition commissions, Barker is available for speaking presentations on a number of music subjects, as well as presentations of her music in live or music video format. She has extensive experience as a teacher for students of all ages (although she is not available for private music instruction due to her responsibilities at the University of Delaware) and is very comfortable presenting masterclasses, workshops or adjucation music competitions.
Newark, DE 19711