April 1st, 2023 at 11:00am
Location: Zoar Church
Note: There will be a musical performance following this presentation.
About the Speaker: Dr. Paul T. Barte has been a member of the music faculty at the Ohio University School of Music since 1997, where he teaches organ and harpsichord, organ literature and pedagogy, and music history classes. In 2016, he created a course on Wagner and The Ring, which culminated in taking the class to Washington DC to see the Washington National Opera’s production of the cycle. He was the 2005 recipient of the OU School of Music’s Distinguished Teaching Award. In addition to his academic responsibilities, he also serves as University Organist. From 1990-97, Barte was on the music faculty of Idaho State University in Pocatello. He is a Minnesota native and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, where he was an organ student of Heinrich Fleischer and Dean Billmeyer. Studying with George Ritchie, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1987. He began doctoral studies in organ performance at the Eastman School of Music as a student of Russell Saunders in 1987. He graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Eastman in 1995, having completed a dissertation on the keyboard manuscripts of Johann Christoph Bach (1673-1727) of Gehren, a second cousin of J. S. Bach. The dissertation was written under the supervision of Buxtehude scholar Kerala Snyder.
He has performed extensively in the United States and abroad. Recent performances include recitals on the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle organ. Barte has also presented recitals and workshops at Regional and National conventions of The American Guild of Organists (AGO) and the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA). He also gives concerts in costume, portraying Johann Sebastian Bach.