Barbara Irvine has been a freelance theatre and classical musician for over 30 years. She has been involved in more than 125 musical theatre productions in the United States and Europe, and has given solo classical piano recitals on both continents. Among the luminaries Barbara worked with during her 15 years in New York City, are: composers Cy Coleman, John Kander, Galt MacDermot, Yoko Ono, Mary Rodgers, Harvey Schmidt, David Shire, Charles Strouse, Robert Waldman, and Earl Wilson, Jr.; orchestrators David Cullen and Michael Starobin; and stars Polly Bergen, Sarah Brightman, Patrick Cassidy, Maxwell Caulfield, Michael Crawford, Helen Gallagher, Denise Lor, Rebecca Luker, Julie Wilson, and many more.
A native of Hagerstown, Maryland, Barbara graduated from North Hagerstown High School, earned her B. Mus. degree in applied piano from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and did graduate work in music at The University of Texas at Austin. She has studied piano with the great pedagogue Leonard Shure, and with Danielle Martin, Eunice Norton, Bradford Gowen, Marc Silverman, William R. Walters, and Julia Belle Westphal.
Locally, Barbara performed the world premiere of Charles Strouse’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Barry Tuckwell conducting, in October of 1995, and she presented a piano concert of classical music by theatre composers at Wilson College, joined by pianist Bradford Gowen and composer Charles Strouse, in 2000.
Barbara wrote the Introduction and Commentary for Alfred’s Singers’ Library of Musical Theatre, Volume 1, a series of Broadway songbooks which include audition tips and other useful information for all voices, and are available at music stores and Amazon.com. She is the founder of The Other Side of Broadway, a concert project devoted to the presentation and preservation of the classical music of theatre composers (http://www.theothersideofbroadway.net). Barbara currently lives in Maryland, where she works as a freelance pianist, arranger, music copyist, vocal coach, and music director (http://www.barbarairvinemusic.com).