Carol Barnett


Carol Barnett’s music has been called audacious and engaging.  Her varied catalog includes works for solo voice, piano, chorus, diverse chamber ensembles, orchestra, and wind ensemble. 

She was awarded the 2003 Nancy Van de Vate International Prize for Opera for her chamber opera, Snow, and her music theater work Meeting at Seneca Falls was featured at the 2006 Diversity Festival in Red Wing, MN. The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, commissioned in 2006 by VocalEssence and written with Marisha Chamberlain, had its Carnegie Hall debut in February 2013, and has become a favorite across the country. Recent works  include The Darkling Thrush, for The New Amsterdam Singers, Tagore’s Lost Star, for the Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester, MN, and My People Are Rising, for Elektra Women’s Choir.

Barnett is a charter member of the American Composers Forum and a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she studied composition with Dominick Argento and Paul Fetler. She was composer-in-residence with the Dale Warland Singers from 1992 to 2001, and was on the adjunct faculty at Augsburg College from 2000 to 2015.

In 2018, Source Song Festival was pleased to commission and premiere Carol Barnet’s Cycle “Longing for Home.”

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