Jeremy Barbaro is currently the Director of Choirs at New Rochelle High School in Westchester, NY, where he directs four choirs (including a gospel choir,) coordinates levels 2, 3, and 4 of the district’s PAVE VOCAL curriculum (a by-audition-only four-year intensive track in cross-genre solo and ensemble vocal music,) and teaches a piano class. A main theme in Jeremy’s pedagogical experience has been applying healthy vocal technique to high-school-aged students; since certifying CMVT in 2008, he has been applying much of the McClosky technique in solo, small group, and ensemble work with this age group.
Mr. Barbaro holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree (piano) from Ithaca College and a Master of Music in Education degree (voice) from Ithaca College; he has also completed Master’s degrees in Music Theory and Music Composition (both from the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College, Flushing, NY.) Most recent studies include piano with Zitta Zohar, voice with Maria Argyros, and conducting with Peter Boonshaft and Mindy Dragovich. He has performed as a baritone saxophone soloist and in chamber group in master classes with the Trio (John Moore, Patrick Meighan, and Lee Patrick) and has also performed as a pianist in master class with Van Cliburn winner Jon Nakamatsu.
Over the past twenty-one years, Jeremy has taught music at every level in the New York State (and New York City) public school system from Pre- K through undergraduate college (and has also tutored graduate music students). He has taught private studio in voice, piano, saxophone, and music theory/composition. One of his most distinguished achievements has been building a music program from the ground up over the course of three years at PS 63X Author’s Academy, a Pre-K--5 public school in the Morrisania section of the South Bronx; here, PS 63 students were trained and gave public performances in vocal ensemble, keyboard, and guitar.
Jeremy has served as a worshipper, music instructor, cantor, and worship leader across denominations in services and conferences across the United States, but mainly in the northeastern US. He has performed in opera, concerts, and recitals as a solo vocalist, solo pianist, accompanist, and chamber musician, and has had his own works premiered in the United States as well as in Italy.