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Artist Biography


Eric

Barnum

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Artist Biography


Eric

Barnum

Artist Biography

A conductor and composer, Eric William Barnum continues to passionately seek new ground in the choral field.  Working with choirs of all kinds and levels of ability, his collaborative leitmotif endeavors to provide intensely meaningful experiences for singers and audiences.

Barnum is currently the Director of Choral Music at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.  He holds a DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, under the direction of Dr. Geoffrey Boers.  He has an advanced degree in conducting from Minnesota State University, primary study with Dr. David Dickau, as well as BAs in Composition and Vocal Performance from Bemidji State University.  He frequently appears as a guest conductor across the United States, and has had the opportunity to work with some of the most innovative minds in the choral field.  He has also been an invited speaker to state and regional choral conventions.

His compositional voice and vision continues to gain popularity around the globe with performances from choirs internationally.  He composes for choral ensembles of all types, from professional to youth choirs, and has received numerous awards and prestigious grants such as a Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, a McKnight Foundation Grant, and Minnesota Arts Board Grants.  He has also held residencies with such ensembles as Cantus (Norway), Choral Arts (Seattle, WA), The Rose Ensemble (St. Paul, MN), Kantorei (Denver, CO), Magnum Chorum (Minneapolis, MN), Madison Choral Project (Madison, WI), Coro Vocal Artists (Tucson, AZ), as well as with many high schools and collegiate choirs.

A recording of several of Barnum's choral works, entitled "Life Stories" was released by Gothic Music label in 2014 and was met sterling reviews.  Performed by Choral Arts in Seattle, and conducted by Dr. Robert Bode, the album is available through Naxos.


For those seeking birth dates for programs, Eric was born in 1979.


Eric lives in Appleton, Wisconsin with his wife Heidi and sons Leif & Haakon.

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Education


Education


Education

 

2013

University of Washington; Seattle, WA

DMA in Choral Conducting

primary study with Dr. Geoffrey Boers;

secondary study with Dr. Giselle Wyers and Dr. Steven Demorest


2004

Minnesota State University; Mankato, MN

MM in Choral Conducting

primary study with Dr. David Dickau

 


2002

Bemidji State University; Bemidji, MN

BA in Vocal Performance | BA in Composition

primary study with Dr. Paul Brandvik and Dr. Brad Logan;

secondary study with Dr. Patrick Riley

 


Additional conducting study with Dr. Kathy Saltzman Romey, University of Minnesota and Dr. Robert Bode, University of Missouri at Kansas City

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Conducting


Conducting


Conducting

- University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Chamber Choir
- University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Women's Choir
- University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Choir Laboratory

- University of Wisconsin Oshkosh University Choir
- University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Vocal Jazz Ensemble

- Ascension; University Presbyterian Church (Seattle, WA); Founder

- University of Washington Chamber Singers; Asst. Conductor

- Minnesota State University Maverick Men's Ensemble

- Magnum Chorum (Edina MN); Asst. Conductor

- Minnesota State University Concert Choir; Asst. Conductor
- Minnesota State University Chamber Singers; Asst. Conductor

- Bemidji State University Men's Ensemble; Co-Founder

2012-Present

 


2012-2016


2008-2009

2008-2010

2002-2007

2002-2005

2002-2004


2000-2002


Supplemental and Guest Conducting

- Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) Composer's Spotlight (New York, NY)

- Big 8 Conference High School Honors Choir (Sun Prairie, WI)
- Wisconsin Choral Directors Association All-State Men's Choir (Appleton, WI)
- Eastern Wisconsin Conference High School Honors Choir (Chilton, WI)

- Kansas City Metro District Honor Choir (Kansas City, MO)

- Washington and Lee University ChoralFest (Lexington, VA)
- Eastern Valley Conference High School Honors Choir (Little Chute, WI)
- University of Puget Sound High School Honors Festival (Tacoma, WA)
- East Lake Washington High School Choral Festival (Bellevue, WA)

- UMKC "Celebration of Peace" Festival (Kansas City, MO)
- Choral Arts High School Choral Festival (Seattle, WA)

- University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Music in Motion (Oshkosh, WI)

- Sonoro; Winter Program (Tacoma, WA)

2017


2016

 

2015

2014




2013


2012

2010


Clinician Experience

select local, national, and international examples (2010-present)

- Kamiak High School (Mukilteo, WA)
- St. Michael Albertville High School (St. Michael, MN)
- University of Northwestern (St. Paul, MN)
- Bellevue High School (Bellevue, WA)

- Cantus (Trondheim, Norway)
- Fond du Lac High School (Fond du Lac, WI)
- Ballard High School (Ballard, WA)
- Drake University (Des Moines, IA)
- Evansville High School (Evansville, WI)
- Staley High School (Kansas City, MO)
- Marion High School (Marion, WI)
- Lake Superior Youth Choirs (Duluth, MN)

- Ripon High School (Ripon, WI)
- Hillcrest Christian School (Los Angeles, CA)
- Lake Superior Youth Choirs (Duluth, MN)
- Next Direction Choral Conference (Green Lake, WI)
- Lawrence University (Appleton, WI)

- University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
- Brillion High School (Brillion, WI)
- Wautoma High School (Wautoma, WI)
- Lawrence University (Appleton, WI)
- Appleton North High School (Appleton, WI)
- Oshkosh West High School (Oshkosh, WI)

- Iowa State University (Ames, IA)
- University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music (Kansas City, MO)
- Ronald Reagan IB High School (Milwaukee, WI)
- Wautoma High School (Wautoma, WI)
- Appleton East High School (Appleton, WI)
- Winneconne High School (Winneconne, WI)
- Lawrence University (Appleton, WI)

- Kantorei (Denver, CO)
- Bexley High School (Columbus, OH)
- Ames Chamber Artists (Ames, IA)
- Fond du Lac High School (Fond du Lac, WI)
- Lawrence University (Appleton, WI)
- Appleton North High School (Appleton, WI)

- Grand Junction High School (Grand Junction, CO)
- Bellevue Christian High School (Bellevue, WA)
- Muskego High School (Muskego, WI)
- Troy University (Troy, AL)
- Port Angeles High School (Port Angeles, WA)
- All-Northwest MENC Mixed Choir (Bellevue, WA)

- La Cañada High School (Seattle, WA)
- Hopewell Valley High School (Pennington, NJ)
- Ephrata High School (Ephrata, WA)
- Seattle Pacific University Men's Choir (Seattle, WA)
- Iowa State University Singers (Ames, IA)

 

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