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    Alain Barker

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    Alain Barker earned his Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University, and became a partner of Aguavá New Music in 2000. His career as a flutist spans three continents. Born in South Africa, he spent the first few years of his career commissioning and performing flute works by South African composers. Following undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town, he moved to London where he studied with Trevor Wye and continued to champion works by living composers including Kevin Volans.

    Barker moved to the United States in 1986, where he studied with James Pellerite, Carol Wincenc, and Peter Lloyd, and received his Master of Music degree with honors in performance from Indiana University in 1989. He has performed in numerous recitals and music festivals around the country, performed as principal flute and soloist with a number of Indiana University ensembles, taught for four years as a visiting lecturer at Indiana University's School of Music Summer Semester, and performed as principal flute in the Marion (IN) Philharmonic for six years. From 1991-92, he performed as co-principal flute in the Orchestra of the Asturian Principality, in Oviedo, Spain. International tours with the Aguavá New Music Studio have recently taken Dr. Barker to Mexico, Colombia, and Israel.


    Alain is currently Director of Marketing and Publicity at the Indiana University School of Music. Previously, he spent six years as the Executive Director of the Bloomington Early Music Festival (BLEMF.) Taking leadership of BLEMF in the fall of 1994, Barker transformed the festival from a small collection of concerts performed by local musicians into a festival of national significance.

    Having lived and worked on three continents (Africa, Europe, and North America), Barker brings a deep appreciation of cultural diversity in the arts to his work. Barker has also worked as a consultant to the Garth Newel Music Center in Virginia, as contractor and orchestra manager for the Bloomington Chamber Singers, agent, organizer and publicist for numerous local concert series and artists, manager and performer for three international tours by Aguavá New Music Studio, and manager for two US tours of the Legêne, Kuijken, Gibbons Chamber Trio.