amy lynn barber, percussion
Amy Lynn Barber has had a distinguished international career as a performer, teacher, arts administrator. Amy has performed on 5 continents, as a recital and concerto soloist, and with various chamber ensembles and orchestras. She has been a guest artist at percussion and contemporary music events throughout Europe, and has presented masterclasses and workshops at universities throughout the US. A passionate advocate for contemporary music, Amy has worked with many distinguished composers and premiered over 50 near works. She is the founder and artistic director of The Percussion Plus Project, a unique contemporary chamber music group started in Prague in 1993. Amy has also played with orchestras in New England, Michigan, and Texas, and during her 12 years in Europe, with the Prague Symphony and the Slovenian Philharmonic, working with conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Carlos Kleiber, Simone Young, Joann Falletta, Jiri Belohlavek, and Kurt Masur.
Amy earned the BM degree from Boston University, the MM degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Hartt School of Music. She has taught at Texas Wesleyan University, the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Prague Conservatory, and DePauw University, where she is Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the School of Music. For her “activities in contemporary music and promotion of Czech-American cultural relations”, Amy was awarded the National Music Prize of the Czech Music Council, and made an honorary member of the council. She has twice been awarded Fulbright professorships for research and teaching abroad. In 2007, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Boston University School of Music.