James Barnes

James Barnes (b. 1949) is currently serving as the Division Director for Music Theory and Composition at the University of Kansas School of Music.

His numerous publications for concert band and orchestra are extensively performed world-wide. His works (including six symphonies and two concertos) have been performed at such venues as Tanglewood, Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and the Tokyo Metropolitan Concert Hall.

Barnes talent has been widely recognized through prizes such as two ABA Ostwald Awards, numerous ASCAP Awards, the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Medal, the Bohumil Makovsky Award for Outstanding College Band Conductors, and BMI Award for Excellence in Teaching Creativity (MENC). The world-famous Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra has recorded three compact discs of his music.

Mr. Barnes has traveled extensively as a guest composer, conductor and lecturer throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, Taiwan and Singapore. He has guest conducted in Japan over 35 times. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the American Bandmasters Association and numerous other professional organizations and societies.


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