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Dr. Dustin Barr

Dr. Dustin Barr is Director of Wind Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at California State University, Fullerton where he actively manages all aspects of the university’s comprehensive band program, conducts the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Winds, oversees the graduate wind conducting program and teaches courses in conducting and music education. Prior experiences include appointments as Assistant Director of Bands at Michigan State University, Director of Bands at Mt. San Antonio College and Assistant Director of Bands at Esperanza High School in Anaheim, Calif.

Barr is a recipient of numerous accolades for his conducting and scholarly work. Most recently, the CSUF Wind Symphony received a prestigious invitation to perform at the 2019 National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association. Additionally, Barr has guest conducted the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own;” he was a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan; and he was recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent young conductors as part of the 2010 National Band Association’s Young Conductor Mentor Project. His research on Scandinavian music for chamber wind ensembles has produced published performance editions of Asger Lund Christiansen’s Octet, op. 43 and Svend Schultz’s Divertimento for Wind Octet.

Barr holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Michigan. He received his Master of Music degree and Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Fullerton. His principal conducting mentors include Michael Haithcock and Mitchell Fennell.