Michael Barnhart (1971, Cincinnati, OH USA) was composing by age 10 due to the efforts and encouragement of dedicated public school teachers. High school experiments with tape and sequencing led to formal composition study at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (ccm) where he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Barnhart studied with Brad Garton, Marta Ptaszynska, Allen Otte and for several years with Mara Helmuth as she developed the Center for Computer Music (ccm)^2. More recent projects include the creation of a rural studio in a public high school funded by the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund, and recordings and performances as a member of the group Current Quartet. He has received commissions and support from Meet The Composer, the GE Fund, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, US-Mexico Fund for Culture, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Third Practice, Ensemble Sirius, and Percussion Group Cincinnati. Barnhart serves as assistant professor of Music and Media at Shawnee State University.
[CEC / Concordia Archival Project (CAP), 2008]
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