Dr. Christopher Barrick serves as the head of the Department of Music and the James & Ann Bumpass Distinguished Chair of Music at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. As professor of music, he teaches applied saxophone and has previously directed the UAFS Jazz Band.
As a saxophonist, Barrick has given recital performances at numerous professional conferences including those of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, the World Saxophone Congress, and the Association for Technology in Music Instruction. An avid proponent of new music, Barrick has given premiere performances of saxophone works by such composers as James Bishop, Ryan Oldham, Matthew D. Harder, Luke Mayernik, William Funk, Jamie Wind Whitmarsh, Brian Rhodes, and Charles L. Booker, Jr. He has performed professionally with nationally known artists such as Doc Severinsen, 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 Allnighters, the Harry James Orchestra, the Four Tops, and The Temptations.
Barrick’s research interests include saxophone repertoire and pedagogy, jazz studies, and academic leadership. His scholarship has been published in the Department Chair journal and the North American Saxophone Alliance’s Saxophone Symposium. In 2009, Lambert Academic Publishing published his book on the saxophone repertoire of composer Elliot Del Borgo. Barrick has presented at the Academic Chairpersons Conference, the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest, the United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, the national conference of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and regional conferences the College Music Society.
Prior to his appointment at UAFS, Barrick was a member of the music faculty at West Liberty University (W.Va.) for six years, including serving as chair of the Department of Music and Theatre from 2013 to 2014. He previously directed the jazz band at Doane College (Crete, Neb.) and taught instrumental music for two years in the public schools of Newport, Tennessee. An active adjudicator and clinician, Barrick has presented saxophone and jazz clinics at the United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, the Arkansas Bandmasters Association, the National In-Service Conference of the National Association for Music Education regional conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance, and at the annual conference of the West Virginia Music Educators Association.
Originally from New Jersey, Barrick holds music degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (D.M.A.), the University of Tennessee (M.M.), and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (B.A. and B.S.). He is a proud Endorsing Artist for Conn-Selmer and performs on Selmer Paris saxophones.
Dr. Christopher Barrick Head, Department of Music
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