Dustin Barr, Director of Wind Band Studies and Assistant Professor of Music, is a recipient of numerous accolades for his conducting and scholarly work. He was a recent guest conductor with the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own," he held the prestigious Rackham Merit Fellowship at the University of Michigan, and he was recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent young conductors as part of the 2010 National Band Association’s Young Conductor Mentor Project.
Dustin’s research on Scandinavian music for chamber wind ensembles has produced published performance editions of Asger Lund Christiansen's Octet, op. 43 and Svend Schultz's Divertimento for Wind Octet. In addition Dustin is engaged in research with theatre director and performance movement expert, Jerald Schwiebert, on the melding of performance theory (acting) with a variety of movement theories and disciplines (Laban, Tai-chi, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, etc.) to establish innovative pedagogical approaches to teaching conducting. Their co-authored text, Expressive Conducting: Movement and Performance Theory for Conductors, is expected for publication in late 2017.
Prior experiences included appointments as Assistant Director of Bands and Co-Director of Musique 21 (new music ensemble) at Michigan State University, Director of Bands at Mt. San Antonio College, and Assistant Director of Bands at Esperanza High School in Anaheim, California. Dustin holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Michigan and received his MM and BM Music degrees from California State University, Fullerton.