John Barr's choral music for middle school is perfect for your 6-8th grade choirs and ideal for festivals from All-County to All-State. His pieces have been performed to great reviews in New Orleans, Jacksonville, and many festivals throughout his home state of Virginia.
His choral music for High School through Adult springs from his work in the Music Department of Bridgewater College. He continues to write for choral groups in the community and in church.
John G. Barr (b. 1938) received his B.S. in Music Education from Manchester College (Indiana) and his S.M.M. and S.M.D. from Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music in New York City. His principal study in composition was done under Joseph Goodman at U.T.S.
His graduate organ study was with Donald Coats and Robert Baker. He taught piano and instrumental and choral music at Hillcrest School for Missionary Children, Jos, Nigeria; was Director of Music and organist at University Presbyterian Church, Madison, Wisconsin; before his thirty-five-year tenure at Bridgewater College (Virginia) teaching organ, piano, and music theory.
After retirement in 2003, he continues as organist at the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren.