Dr. Christopher BarrickDr. Christopher Barrick is an Assistant Professor of Music at West Liberty University, where he teaches applied saxophone and clarinet, and directs the Jazz Ensemble. A versatile musician and educator, Barrick performs and teaches all styles of music including classical, jazz, and rock. He has given solo performances at numerous conferences including those of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, and the Association for Technology in Music Instruction. Barrick has performed professionally with nationally known acts such as the Omaha Symphony, Johnny Mathis, the Legends of Swing, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Sonny Turner and the Platters, The Crystals, The Coasters, Wayne Newton, Rick K and the All Nighters, the Harry James Orchestra and The Temptations.
Barrick’s research interests include both saxophone repertoire and jazz studies. His scholarship has been published by the North American Saxophone Alliance’s Saxophone Symposium. In 2009, Lambert Academic Press published his book on the saxophone repertoire of composer Elliot Del Borgo. Barrick has presented research at the US Navy Band Saxophone Symposium and at regional conferences of the College Music Society.
An experienced educator, Barrick has taught at two major universities and in the public schools of Tennessee. In 2008, he directed the Nebraska Class B All-State Jazz Band. Prior to his appointment at West Liberty, he served as the Jazz Ensemble Director at Doane College (Crete, NE) and as a Teaching Assistant in Saxophone at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Originally from New Jersey, Barrick holds music degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Doctor of Musical Arts, 2008), the University of Tennessee (Master of Music, 2003) and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Bachelor of Arts in Music, 2000 and Bachelor of Science in Music Education, 2001).
Please visit Barrick’s faculty page at West Liberty University.