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Larry Barnes

Larry Barnes is currently professor of music and Bingham Fellow for Excellence in Teaching at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.  His compositions have been performed throughout the United States and Western Europe. “Solar Winds” was premiered by the Cleveland Orchestra when the composer was 22. “Morning Gigue” is recorded by the  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra on MMC recordings. His music is published by Southern and See‑Saw Music Corporations.


Barnes holds a Bachelor and Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He won a National Endowment for the Arts Composer Fellowship to compose his first Piano Concerto while taking a doctoral degree from the Eastman School. Since coming to Lexington he has received several Kentucky Arts Council Awards for new compositions and an Al Smith award for travel and research in Ireland. While on sabbatical in 2001, he composed original music for the pilot episode of a new series to be broadcast on Florida Public Television, and traveled to China as part of the Council on International Educational Exchange.


All of Barnes's music since 1980 has been composed on commission from performers throughout the U.S. Barnes has also been a featured guest composer on contemporary music series at San Francisco State University, Michigan State University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and The Cleveland Institute of Music. He has received nineteen consecutive awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP.) For a complete listing of Barnes’s compositions, awards, and courses taught, visit Larry Barnes's website at



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