Dr. Lee G. Barrow has been teaching music theory, composition, conducting, and music technology at the University of North Georgia since 2001. A native of Atlanta, Barrow received a masters degree in composition from Florida State University and a doctorate in conducting from the University of Miami. His experience includes over 30 years as a college teacher, conductor, administrator, and musical theater director.
As a conductor, Barrow has decades of experience directing collegiate, church, community, and professional choral and orchestral ensembles of all sizes and types. For twelve years he was Associate Conductor of the Broward Symphony Orchestra in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, serving as interim Music Director and Conductor during the 1999-2000 season. From 2005 to 2008 he served as director and co-conductor the North Georgia Symphony Orchestra, and over the years he has directed or conducted over 100 performances of 28 different musical theater presentations.
Barrow also serves as Director of Music Ministries at Buford Presbyterian Church in Sugar Hill, Georgia, where he directs the adult and handbell choirs.
Barrow’s publications include books on music and genealogy, a dozen professional articles, and compositions published by Lorenz, Beckenhorst Press, Colla Voce Music, Plymouth Music and others. He has achieved an international reputation in two areas, first in the identification and correction of errors in editions of major choral works, and second as an expert on Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. His research in the former area has led to numerous articles as well as a new performing edition of Camille Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio. His annotated bibliography on Respighi is one of the best-selling books about this noted composer, and his original composition Festive Bell Flourish has ranked among the top-selling handbell works at Lorenz. Other creative accomplishments include commissioned compositions, numerous arrangements, madrigal dinner scripts, and nationally syndicated crossword puzzles.