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Gail Barber

Internationally known harpist, Gail Barber, a brilliant and sensitive performer and a creative composer, has appeared in recital and as soloist with orchestras in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Middle East. An unusually versatile artist, she performs and composes music in many styles: classical, pop, folk, jazz and New Age.

Gail Barber graduated from the Eastman School of Music where she was awarded the Performer's Certificate in Harp. She has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic, Eastman Philharmonia, Chicago Little Symphony and Peninsula Festival Orchestras and has played under such conductors as Leinsdorf, Monteux, Martinon and Gurer Aykal.

Gail has been featured at the Edinburgh (Scotland) Harp Festival, the International Istanbul (Turkey) Music Festival, the World Harp Congresses (Vienna, Jerusalem and Maastricht) and the Opening Recital of the American Harp Society National Conference. In March, 1999, she performed the featured recital for the First International Harp Therapy Conference in Richmond, VA.

Many of her original compositions for harp (such as Windmill Sketches) relate to the culture or history of a country and are played all over the world. A recent composition, Wondrous Destiny, was premiered by the Texas Tech Harp Ensemble at the American Harp Society National Conference in 1998. Selections from Jazz for Harp, Volumes 1 & 2, were premiered at her recital for the Edinburgh Harp Festival, 1993. During her solo recital for the International Istanbul Music Festival, she premiered A Turkish Fantasy. The audience refused to let her leave the stage until she had repeated it!-and she was immediately engaged to repeat the recital on Turkish network television before an audience of some 50 million people!

Gail has premiered many contemporary compositions for harp, including several works by Alan Hovhaness, at his request. She recorded two contemporary concertos with the Lubbock Chamber Orchestra, Gurer Aykal, conducting: Mythos by Claire Polin and Aurolucent Echoes by Margaret Brouwer (Opus One Label). The Sergiu Natra Sonatina for Harp appears on the Dorian Reference Series Label, was endorsed by the composer, and was played repeatedly on the Jerusalem Radio. Gail is included on three new sampler CDs. Music for the Soul and Millennium: Music for the Solstice include improvised music for healing.

Especially interested in the use of the harp for music-healing, She has worked extensively with a holistic health care practitioner, Dr, Ingrid Naiman, in Santa Fe, NM in providing intuitive music (spontaneously composed) for clients. In December, 1996, in honor of her harp career and her leading edge work in music therapy, she was awarded the M.D. (M.A.) degree from the Open International University of Complementary Medicines and Medicina Alternativa Institute in Sri Lanka. Medicina Alternativa is under the auspices of the World Health Organization of the United Nations.

Gail has recorded for Mercury, HBN, Opus One (NY), Countdown Productions, CRS, Dorian Systems and Lyrical Light. She attracts outstanding students from all over the world to Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, where she is Professor of Harp.

"It has given me great joy to hear and work with the wonderful harpist and teacher, Gail Barber. She is the best harpist I know...a true artist, musician, soloist...highly skilled...sensitive. She has my greatest admiration. " ALAN HOVHANESS

"Gail Barber's nuance and interpretation leave her listeners speechless...a truly remarkable, ethereal harpist and composer." DR. INGRID NAIMAN

At Texas Tech, she directs the Harp Ensemble and coordinates the yearly Harp Festival. Harp, Music Theory.

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Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Farewell Concert, 2010

Texas Christian University Harp Ensemble featuring Gail Barber, 2011

American Harp Society National Convention featuring Compositions and Performances by Gail Barber and the Texas Tech Harp Ensemble, 2011