Barry Kolman Professor of Music
Wilson Hall 4029
Currently the Music Director and Conductor of the University-Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra (USSO) in Virginia, Dr. Barry Kolman is a frequent guest conductor of orchestras around the world. He recently led the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in Russia as guest conductor for the Anton Rubinstein Centennial Concert, and in 1993 he was invited by the Minister of Culture to become the first American to conduct the State Orchestra of Azerbaijan in Baku.
As a guest conductor he has also led the Botosani Philharmonic in Romania, the Gilea Chamber Orchestra and Crimean State Philharmonic Orchestra in Ukraine, the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic, the Ural State Philharmonic in Russia, the Hopkins Symphony in Baltimore, the Northern Music Festival Orchestra in Ontario, and the Rio de Janeiro Philharmonic. He conducted the Slovak State Symphony Orchestra of Kosice during the city's annual sacred music festival and then in the first recording of Anton Rubinstein's Symphony No. 3 for Centaur Records. He has also recorded music of Pulitzer prize-winner Karel Husa with the Slovak Radio Symphony in Bratislava for the Marco Polo label. A recording of George Antheil's music, also on Centaur, will be released in April, 1996. He has appeared with the Córdoba Symphony Orchestra in Argentina, the Turkish State Symphony in Adana, the Poznan Philharmonic in Poland and the Hu Nan Philharmonic in China.
As an associate professor of music at Washington and Lee University, Dr. Kolman conducts the 65-piece University Wind Ensemble and the University-Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra (USSO), along with teaching music theory, applied clarinet and saxophone, and conducting. Dr. Kolman was previously the Music Director and Conductor of the James Madison University Symphony Orchestra, which he led on their first tour of metropolitan New York. As Music Director and Conductor of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Kolman established a guest artist series, a Kinder-Concert series and a commissioning project.
Barry Kolman received his doctorate in conducting from the University of Northern Colorado where he was awarded the Graduate Dean's Citation for Excellence and a Colorado Graduate Fellowship. His Master of Music degree in clarinet performance is from Illinois State University and his bachelor's degree in music education is from the Crane School of Music, for which he received a New York State Regents' Scholarship. Dr. Kolman studied conducting with Eugene Corporon of the University of North Texas, and has participated in master classes led by Zubin Mehta and Frederick Fennell.