Dr. Diane Barger is Professor of Clarinet at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music and a member of the Moran Woodwind Quintet. She currently serves as principal clarinet with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra and held the prestigious office of Treasurer of the International Clarinet Association from 2004-2010. Prior to her UNL appointment in 1994, Barger held positions in the Florida Orchestra, the Naples Philharmonic, the Tampa Bay Opera Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. She is an educational recording artist and member of Trade Winds for Carl Fischer Music and is an Artist/Clinician for Buffet Crampon, USA.
An active soloist and chamber musician, master class clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States, Barger was a featured artist at the 2010 (Texas), 2009 (Portugal), 2008 (Missouri), 2007 (Vancouver), 2006 (Georgia), 2005 (Tokyo), 2004 (Washington, D.C.), 2000 (Oklahoma), and 1997 (Texas) International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFests® and the 2009, 2002, and 1998 Oklahoma Clarinet Symposiums in Norman, Oklahoma. She was the guest artist for the 2007 and 2004 Alabama Clarinet Retreat in Birmingham, the 2001 Southern Appalachian Clarinet Retreat in North Carolina, and appeared as soloist with the UNL, Northern Arizona University, University of Texas-Austin, and Florida State University wind ensembles. A specialist in the genre of operatic fantasies for clarinet based on Vincenzo Bellini operas, Barger can be heard as a featured soloist on the International Clarinet Association’s 1998 Recording Project compact disc in a performance of Domenico Mirco’s “La Sonnambula” Fantasia for clarinet and piano.
With the Moran Woodwind Quintet, one of the most active and visible quintets in the Midwest, Barger participated in recital at the 2010 International Double Reed Society (IDRS) conference in Norman, OK, the 2010 College Music Society (CMS) National conference in Minneapolis, MN, in two lecture/recital performances at the 2008 CMS National Conference in Atlanta, GA, the 2005 CMS International Conference in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, and the 2005 CMS National Conference in Quebec, Canada. The quintet has also performed at the Grand Valley Music Festival, the North Central Music Educator’s National Convention, and at various colleges and universities around the United States. Their 1998 compact disc recording by Crystal Records, “Postcards from the Center,” features works by American composers Lieuwen, Murdock, Higdon, and Heiden. Their 2004 and 2007 CD projects feature the music of Theodore Blumer and are also available through Crystal Records.
In the interest of furthering the education of pre-college aged clarinetists in the state of Nebraska, Barger created the Cornerstone Academy of Clarinet, LLC in the fall of 2008. The academy strives to teach students not only how to become excellent clarinetists, but how to properly learn in order to transfer those skills to their band or orchestra program(s) as well as their daily lives. The benefits gained through this program include, but are not limited to: building self-discipline, providing an outlet for creativity, developing confidence and poise, learning goal-setting and problem-solving techniques, achieving time-management and organizational skills and fostering a life-long appreciation for music.
Dr. Barger received the Doctor of Music (1999) and Bachelor of Music (1988) degrees from the Florida State University where she was a student of Frank Kowalsky. While completing the Graduate Certificate in Performance (1990) and Master of Music (1989) degrees from Northwestern University she was a student of Robert Marcellus. For her doctoral research she was the recipient of the 1996 Faculty Summer Research Fellowship and Grant-in-Aid awarded by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Research Council. She also received the 2001 Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Distinguished College Teaching Award and numerous teaching awards by the UNL Parents Association and Teaching Council. In addition to being a member of the International Clarinet Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the Music Teachers National Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota, Barger served as Coordinator of the ICA’s High School Solo Competition (2000-2005) and is Chair of the Wind Area at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
While on a Faculty Development Leave in the spring of 2011, Barger plans to record a CD of the solo and chamber music for clarinet of composer Scott McAllister and complete her project of editing several 19th Century operatic fantasies for clarinet based on the operas by the Bel Canto composer Vincenzo Bellini. She is also planning her service as Artistic Director for the ICA ClarinetFest® that will take place on the UNL campus August 1-5, 2012.