Anne Barry is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Lake Forest College, Illinois. Anne hails originally from Ireland where she taught as a primary and secondary music teacher for many years, and conducted children's, youth, collegiate, and adult community choirs in her native Waterford and beyond.
In addition to her school teaching, Anne worked for the Department of Education and Science in Ireland designing courses for trainee and in-service teachers, taught part-time at University College Cork, and visiting lecturer at University College Dublin and the University of Limerick. It was indeed this passion to work further with choral students and teachers alike that led Anne to pursue her graduate studies at the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, and at Florida State University, Florida.
Although now living and teaching in Illinois, Anne returns to Ireland each summer where she continues to work with the Irish Youth Choirs program and is delighted to join Sing Ireland’s Conducting Summer School team for 2019.
Anne’s research examines the development of choral music in Ireland since 1922, and focuses on repertoire that is based upon, or influenced by Irish traditional songs and airs. Herself a keen arranger, her work is published by Earthsongs Music Publishers and Cailíno Music Publishers.
Currently on sabbatical for Spring 2019, Anne has enjoyed a variety of opportunities to work with choirs in Ireland, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Holland, Belgium, and the UK.