Maestro Donald Barra

Eastman School of Music

Juilliard School of Music

A.B. cum laude

M.S. As a conducting major, Barrra consistently
receiving the mark of "E" (exceptional/outstanding)

Columbia University Ed. D. full conducting fellowship
As a conducting student at the Tanglewood and Aspen Summer Festivals, and at the American Symphony Orchestra League Summer Institute, Barra had the opportunity to study with some of the finest conductors in America.
Major Conducting Teachers

Leonard Bernstein, Segi Ozawa, Herbert Blomsted, Richard Lert, Jorge Mester


Fulbright Conducting Fellowship, Germany

Columbia University, Full Conducting Fellowship

Juilliard School of Music, Partial Scholarship

Eastman School of Music, Partial Scholarship

Certificate of Appreciation, US Navy and Marine Corps Band

Publications, Media

"Sonographs" (Electra Publications, 1987)

"The Conductor's Corner" (Column, Rancho Santa Fe Review)

"Mr. Jones" (Tri-Star) A major motion picture starring Richard Gere

"Discovering Classical Music" KFSD Weekly Radio Program

"CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt"

Performances on KPBS radio & TV, XBACH, and other media outlets

Lorin Hollander,
international piano soloist

"Thank goodness for people like Don Barra who, in moments of reflection, can see clearly to help us grasp and understand what these great musical creators brought forth in their greatest moments."

Eugene Fodor,
international violin soloist

"Extremely musical….absolutely remarkable conducting skills."

Igor Gruppman, >> Letter from Igor Gruppman
concertmaster: major international orchestras

(London Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Saltsburg Festival, etc.)
Former Concert Master, San Diego Chamber Orchestra

Additional References

Dr. Richard Lert (deceased),
Director, ASOL Summer Conducting Institute

"Donald Barra did splendid work with the full symphony orchestra. He is a very talented musician with a remarkable flair for conducting."

Howard Shanet,
Columbia University Music Department Chairman,
Conductor, Columbia University Symphony
Assistant Conductor (under Bernstein), NY Philharmonic

"Donald Barra is one of the most gifted young conductors I know. He has a natural flair for conducting, and he knows how to 'size up' a new score quickly, how to use rehearsal time efficiently, and how to exercise authority over a large body of players."

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