Jennifer Margaret Barker’s compositions have been hailed by
critics in North America, Europe and Asia as “extraordinarily moving”,
“soul-stirring”, “at once gripping and timeless”, “blazingly alive,
with lovely, aching melodies”, “show-stopping”, “anything but passive”,
“beautiful…warm”, “haunting”, “thrilling new sounds”, “familiar and yet
always new”, “illuminated by dreamy images”, and her compositional
output has been noted for its “amazing array”.
received commissions and performances from most notably The Detroit
Symphony Orchestra, The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra with the St.
Louis Children’s Choirs, The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra with the New
Jersey Youth Chorus, The Virginia Symphony with The Virginia Children’s
Chorus, The Fort Collins Symphony, The Bearsden Choir with the BBC
Scottish Symphony Orchestra Brass and Percussion Ensembles, The Scottish
Chamber Orchestra String Quartet, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra String
Trio, Relâche, Network for New Music, The Society for New Music, Trio
Arundel, The Taggart-Grycky Duo, Del’Arte, Musica Nova, Mélomanie, The
Holywell Ensemble, Marimolin, The Children’s Chorus of Maryland, and The
Bay Youth Symphony, as well as an extensive list of international
concert artists. She was invited to compose a work for The 2002 American
Liszt Society National Conference, and her compositional work is
featured on the Distant Voices Touring Theatre ‘September Echoes’
production. Her compositions have also been featured on documentary and
art films, including “No Denying”. To date, her works have been
performed in China, Australia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany,
Austria, Italy, The Czech Republic and Slovenia, as well as in the
United Kingdom (Scotland, England and Wales) and the United States.
addition to ASCAP awards and varying international awards, Barker has
received grants from organizations such as The National Endowment for
the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trust, the American Composers Forum, the
Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Norfolk (USA) Commission on the
Arts and Humanities, the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Grant, the
Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, the Philadelphia Music Project and
The Scottish Arts Council. In 2007 she received an Established Artist
Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts for her contributions
to the State of Delaware.
Published by Theodore Presser,
Vanderbeek & Imrie Ltd. and Southern Percussion, Barker has received
numerous broadcasts of her compositions on American public radio and
the BBC. Her first CD, ‘Nyvaigs’, was released in April 2000 on the CRI
label and is currently distributed by New World Records. Her second CD,
‘Geenyoch’, which includes a bonus DVD featuring four music videos of
her compositions filmed by award-winning cameraman John Anthony Palmer,
was released in May 2005 on the Meyer Media LLC label (www.meyer-media.com).
is Co-Chair of New Music Delaware and Co-Artistic Director/Founder of
Still Breathing: The University of Delaware Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Born and raised in Scotland, she has lived in America since 1987. In
addition to composing, Barker remains active as a pianist.