David Barg

David Barg

Director David Barg

Conductor and Music Educator, David Barg, comes to the Kearney Symphony Orchestra after many Nebraska conducting assignments, including the All-State Orchestra, Omaha All-City Orchestra, and more than a decade of conducting orchestras at the Omaha Conservatory of Music.

A guest conductor-clinician for the Education Departments of the New York Philharmonic and Omaha Symphonies, Conductor of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, and national clinician and music staff professional developer, David Barg has devoted his career to working with young musicians, young ensembles, and their conductors.

Internationally, David has worked in Australia with the New South Wales Department of Education, the University of Sydney, and the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association, in addition to serving as a frequent guest conductor for the Sydney Youth Orchestra. 

A Cultural Ambassador for the United States Information Agency leading concerts of youth and professional orchestras in Ecuador, David has also appeared at festivals of contemporary music in Russia, and directed concerts by the Moscow Radio/TV, and the St. Petersburg "Klassika" State Orchestras.  He has conducted the orchestras of - and led master classes for conducting students at - the Moscow Conservatory College, the St. Petersburg Conservatory, and the Herzen Pedagogical University (St. Petersburg, RU).

David's research focus is the application of the learner-centered model for leading school ensembles.  For three consecutive years, the Charles A. Dana Foundation has underwritten the development, testing, and refining of his "Ignite Response" approach, as well its delivery and testing in a variety of formats and demographic settings.  David’s workbook for music education students, school ensemble leaders, and arts administrators, Ignite Response to your Conducting, will be published this spring and launched at the Omaha Conservatory of Music’s Institute this July.

David has taught this approach at K-12 in-service and staff development days in accredited professional development workshops sponsored by such organizations as the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Guild (NYC), and the Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Duluth, Houston, Kansas City, Omaha, and Washington, DC Boards of Education; and many State Music Educator Associations, among others.  From 2003 to 2008, he was a music staff professional development consultant for the New York City Board of Education.  

David studied conducting with David Gilbert, former Assistant Conductor of the NY Philharmonic.  He founded and conducted L'Orchestra in the Berkshires (MA) and Youth L' Orchestra for seven years, and has guest conducted the Seniors Orchestra of New York.

David received his BA from Columbia University in Sociology and Languages, and did graduate work in flute performance at Temple University.  He studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal at the Paris Conservatory as the first recipient of the Annette Kade Award from the Institute of International Education.

David was Principal Flute of the Festival Les Arcs in France, the Philadelphia Opera Company, the Caramoor Music Festival Orchestra, and the Orchestra of Our Time in New York, among others. He is the former Director of the Kardon Branch of the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, and the Lucy Moses School for Music and Dance in New York.

From 2008 to 2011, David taught conducting to music education majors at Boston University, where he graduated in 2010 as the Outstanding Graduate Student with a Master of Music.

David lives in Kansas City and has one daughter, Vanessa, who has a chocolate company in New York City.

The University of Nebraska at Kearney