Diane BargerHixson-Lied Professor of Clarinet, Area Head for Woodwinds
Area of Focus: Woodwind
Diane Barger is Hixson-Lied Professor of Clarinet and member of the Moran Woodwind Quintet at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she received the 2013 Annis Chaikin Sorensen Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Humanities. She is principal clarinet of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, International Clarinet Association (ICA) Pedagogy Chair (2016-2018), Nebraska State Chair (2010-present), Past Artistic Director of ICA’s ClarinetFest® 2012, ICA Past-Treasurer (2000-2010), NACWPI Nebraska State Chair, and is an Artist/Clinician for Buffet Crampon and D’Addario Woodwinds, and a Silverstein PRO-Team Artist for Silverstein Works. In addition to her work as a collegiate educator, Barger actively works with pre-college clarinetists and is involved in mentoring her cadre of clarinet instructors at Cornerstone Academy of Clarinet, LLC where she serves as Founder and Professor of Clarinet.
An active soloist and chamber musician, master class clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States, Barger taught at the Lift Clarinet Academy in Fort Collins, Colorado in June of 2015. She was a featured artist at the 2016 (Kansas), 2014 (Louisiana), 2013 (Assisi, Italy), 2012 (Nebraska), 2011 (California), 2010 (Texas), 2009 (Portugal), 2008 (Missouri), 2007 (Canada), 2006 (Georgia), 2005 (Tokyo), 2004 (Washington, D.C.), 2000 (Oklahoma), and 1997 (Texas) ICA ClarinetFests® and the 2014, 2009, 2002, and 1998 Oklahoma Clarinet Symposiums in Norman, Oklahoma. She was the guest artist for the 2013, 2007, and 2004 Alabama Clarinet Symposium in Birmingham, the 2001 Southern Appalachian Clarinet Retreat in North Carolina, and appeared as soloist with the Northern Arizona University in the spring of 2009 and with the Florida State University in the fall of 2002.
A specialist in the genre of operatic fantasies for clarinet based on Vincenzo Bellini operas, Barger can be heard as a featured soloist on the International Clarinet Association's 1998 Recording Project compact disc in a performance of Domenico Mirco's "La Sonnambula" Fantasia for clarinet and piano. In August 2012, Barger published a CD of works by Scott McAllister entitled BlingBling, as well as 13 editions of Bellini operatic fantasies by various 19th-Century composers, all of which are available through Potenza Music. With UNL professors Dr. Mark Clinton and Dr. Jeff McCray, Barger recorded a CD of works for clarinet, bassoon, and piano by William Hurlstone and Bill Douglas in the summer of 2016 that will soon be published by Potenza Music.
With the Amicitia Duo, a clarinet duo with Denise Gainey from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Barger toured in Florida and Kansas in the 2015-16 academic year and looks forward to a Texas tour this fall. Formed out of friendship, the Amicitia Duo brings music for clarinet to a wide variety of audiences. Amicitia is the Latin word for friendship and is pronounced “ah-mee-KEE-tee-ah”. With a friendship that spans over thirty years, Barger and Gainey combine their love of music and teaching to delight audiences around the world.
With the Moran Woodwind Quintet, one of the most active and visible quintets in the Midwest, Barger performed for the Omaha Chamber Music Society, the Minden (NE) Opera House, the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra (hosted by Dordt College), and the North Platte (NE) Concert Association in the 2015-16 academic year. The quintet participated in lecture/performances at the 2013 College Music Society (CMS) National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, the 2011 CMS National Conference in Richmond, Virginia, the 2010 CMS National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the 2008 CMS National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, the 2005 CMS International Conference in Alcala de Henaras, Spain, and the 2005 CMS National Conference in Quebec City, Canada. The quintet has also performed at the Grand Valley Music Festival, the North Central Music Educator's National Convention, and at various colleges and universities around the United States. Their 1998 compact disc recording by Crystal Records, "Postcards from the Center," features works by American composers Lieuwen, Murdock, Higdon, and Heiden. Their 2007 and 2004 CD projects features the music of Theodore Blumer and is also available through Crystal Records. With the oboist and bassoonist of the quintet, Barger was a featured guest artist in a recital at the 2004 IDRS convention in Melbourne, Australia.
Barger received the Doctor of Music (1999) and Bachelor of Music (1988) degrees from the Florida State University where she was a student of Frank Kowalsky. While completing the Graduate Certificate in Performance (1990) and Master of Music (1989) degrees from Northwestern University she was a student of Robert Marcellus. For her doctoral research she was the recipient of the 1996 Faculty Summer Research Fellowship and Grant-in-Aid awarded by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Research Council. She also received the 2001 Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Distinguished College Teaching Award and numerous teaching awards by the UNL Parents Association and Teaching Council. In addition to being a member of the International Clarinet Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the Music Teachers National Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota, Barger served as Coordinator of the ICA's High School Solo Competition (2003-2005) and is Chair of the Wind Area at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.