Biography 

Dustin Barr is Director of Wind Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at California State University, Fullerton where he actively manages all aspects of the university's comprehensive band program, conducts the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Winds, oversees the graduate wind conducting program, and teaches courses in conducting and music education. Prior experiences include appointments as Assistant Director of Bands at Michigan State University, Director of Bands at Mt. San Antonio College and Assistant Director of Bands at Esperanza High School in Anaheim, California.

 

Barr is a recipient of numerous accolades for his conducting and scholarly work. He was a recent guest conductor with the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own," he held the prestigious Rackham Merit Fellowship at the University of Michigan, and he was recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent young conductors as part of the 2010 National Band Association’s Young Conductor Mentor Project. Additionally, Barr is the co-author with theatre director and performance movement expert Jerald Schwiebert, of Expressive Conducting: Movement and Performance Theory for Conductors. Their book melds insights from performance theory (acting) with a variety of movement theories and disciplines (Laban, Tai-chi, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, etc.) to establish innovative pedagogical approaches to teaching conducting. Barr's research on Scandinavian music for chamber wind ensembles has produced published performance editions of Asger Lund Christiansen's Octet, op. 43 and Svend Schultz's Divertimento for Wind Octet. 

 

Barr holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Michigan. He received his Master of Music degree and Bachelor of Music degree (trumpet performance and music education) from California State University, Fullerton. His principal conducting mentors include Michael Haithcock and Mitch Fennell.

 

Barr is a member of the College Band Director’s National Association, the National Band Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association.

EDUCATION

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

2012-2015

University of Michigan

Doctor of Musical Arts, Conducting

2006-2008

California State University, Fullerton

Master of Music, Instrumental Conducting

2001-2005

California State University, Fullerton

Bachelor of Music, Music Education and Trumpet Performance

2017-present

California State University, Fullerton

Director of Wind Studies

Assistant Professor of Music

2008-2012

Mount San Antonio College

Director of Bands

2015-2017 

Michigan State University

Assistant Director of Bands

Co-Director, Musique 21 (new music ensemble)

2006-2007

Esperanza High School

Assistant Director of Bands

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