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Barry Marcel Ford

Director of Orchestra / History / Theory
Strauss Performing Arts Center | Office 223
phone: (402) 554-3015

Born in 1964 in Châteauroux, France, Barry Ford received his Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Northwestern University and his Master of Music degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia. He currently teaches music history, composition and theory and directs the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra and the UNO Chamber Orchestra. While at Northwestern University he studied trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz and Luther Didrickson. He also studied conducting, arranging, and composition with John P. Paynter, Don Owens and Jay Kawarsky. After teaching for several years in the public school system, Ford began studies of composition and orchestral conducting at the University of Missouri - Columbia with Edward Dolbashian, Dale J. Lonis, John Cheetham and Thomas McKenney.

Before joining the faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2004, Ford served as Professor of Trumpet at the State University of Pará and the Carlos Gomes Conservatory, as well as conductor of the Orquestra Sinfônica do Theatro da Paz and the Amazônia Jazz Band in Belém, Brazil.