Barnes, Larry

Larry Barnes has been composing for stage and screen since 1968. He is currently professor of music and Bingham Fellow for Excellence in Teaching at Transylvania University. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Composer Fellowship, two Kentucky Arts Council awards, an Al Smith Fellowship, two Lexington Arts Council grants, and 31 ASCAP Awards. Barnes has fulfilled over thirty commissions from internationally-recognized artists.

His “Toccata-Act of War,” premiered by colleague Gregory Partain, was chosen by the Society of Composers, Inc. for a concert tour and recording on Capstone Records. In 2008 he composed the original score for the film Euphoria, which took the Gold Award for Documentary at the Houston Film Festival and may be accessed at In August 2010 he served as the Kentucky/Ecuador Partners Musician of the Year, presenting lectures, workshops and concerts through the country.

In 2013 his Morning Gigue, recorded by the Slovak Radio Symphony, was digitally released as part of Parma Records’ “Con Moto: New Works for Orchestra, Volume 2” on Amazon, ITunes, Rhapsody, and EClassical. Barnes’s Spirals, Drones and Dreams for violin and piano was premiered in 2014, commissioned by the Kentucky Music Teachers’ Association.