Meet the Musicians Bassoon
Orchestra member since 2001
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Education: The Eastman School of Music
Studied with: K. David VanHoesen
Instrument: Barry plays a Heckel bassoon.
Of the city he’s made his home for the past 11 years, Barry says, “Cleveland is a better town that it ‘thinks it is.’ A really nice, manageable city with a lot of great food and fun things to do. Lots of natural resources.” He lives with his wife, Melinda, and his daughters Grace and Maddy. The family has a dog named Charlotte and 2 cats, Sammy and Seamoe. Barry enjoys competitive running, coffee roasting, gardening and reading, and has a penchant for old swing and bebop music. He tells this story about his TCO audition: “I auditioned three times form y position during 2001. My last audition was a trial week. The first rehearsal was on Tuesday, September 11, 2001! Needless to say the rehearsals that day were cancelled and I felt my chances slipping away as the soloist for the piece on which I was playing principal was grounded in Florida. Instead, I merely doubled the first part to Mahler 5. However, after the Thursday performance, the personnel manager came up to me and told me I would be playing principal bassoon for the Friday performance of the Mahler (no rehearsal or prep for this!!) I did it and the rest, as they say, is history.” Barry teaches college and high school students, and maintains a studio at CIM.
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