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Barry Oliver (b. 1961)

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Barry Oliver is active in the New York metropolitan area as a conductor, pianist, arranger, vocal coach and composer. He has served as Artistic Director for the Denver Gay Men's Chorus and for the New York City Gay Men's Chorus. He also served as Accompanist for those two organisations. Recently, he has formed CANTARE, an ensemble of sixteen men's voices in New York City.

His vocal ensembles have performed at numerous venues in the New York City area, including Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. As conductor he has prepared his ensembles for performances with The American Symphony Orchestra, The Boston Pops, The Chamber Orchestra of the West and the Colorado Symphony. Soloists such as Joyce Castle, Kristen Chenoweth, Faith Esham, Harvey Fierstein, Joel Grey, Indira Mahajan, John McMartin, Theodora Middleton, Lonny Price, K.T. Sullivan, Alton Fitzgerald White, and B.D. Wong have performed with his ensembles. Recordings of his ensembles have received national distribution.

Oliver has a history of commissioning new music for men's voices, including new choral compositions from: James Bassi, David Conte, Julie Dolphin, Larry Grossman/Michael Korie, Paul Halley, Eric Helmuth, David Hurd, John Kuzma, Andrew Lippa, Dan Locklair and Carol Matthews. He is committed to increasing quality vocal repertoire for men's voices, and has this as one of the major missions of his new ensemble, Cantare.

Oliver holds a M.Mus. from The University of Oklahoma, and has studied at Notre Dame University, The University of Colorado, Westminster Choir College, and Cambridge University (England). He has served as Artistic Director and Accompanist for both the New York City Gay Men's Chorus and Denver Gay Men's Chorus. In addition he was accompanist for the Colorado Symphony Chorus and Colorado Children's Chorale. He has been active as a church musician having served churches in New York, Colorado, Oklahoma and Indiana, and served on the faculty of Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Currently, he is Director of Music at All Saints Episcopal Church in Hoboken, NJ and Organist at Temple Beth El in Jersey City, NJ.

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