Barry Kilpatrick is Professor of Trombone and Euphonium at The State University of
New York at Fredonia School of Music, where he has been a member of the faculty since
1979. As Assistant Director of the School of Music, he coordinates the music admission
process. He also serves as head of the Brass Area.
Principal trombonist of the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra from 1987-2008, and of the
Western New York Chamber Orchestra since 1981, Kilpatrick has toured Jamaica and New
Zealand with the Fredonia Faculty Brass. He has performed and toured, as a member
of the trombone and euphonium sections, with Keith Brion’s “New Sousa Band.”
Kilpatrick earned degrees in performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in
the 1970s, where he became acquainted with composers who heard him play euphonium.
He played the first performance of Alec Wilder's Euphonium Concerto in 1972, as well
as of works by Hilmar Luckhardt, Walter Hartley, and John Davison. These were included
in his recording American Music for Euphonium (Mark Records), of which one critic wrote, “Kilpatrick...plays with a beautiful tone,
expressive phrasing, and sure, solid technique. This is an essential disc.”
In 1989, Kilpatrick was invited to become a music critic for American Record Guide, an internationally distributed magazine that has since published almost 2000 of his
reviews of classical recordings. From 1991-2008, he devoted his summers to the Pennsylvania
Governor's School for the Arts, teaching low brass and chairing the Music Department.
A two-time recipient of the School of Music’s Poummit Faculty Award, Kilpatrick was
selected for the campus-wide President’s Award for Excellence in 2010. In 2015, he
was one of 12 professors nationwide to be selected as a China Studies Institute fellow,
spending the month of June in Shanghai, Xi’an, and Beijing. He spent additional time
in Beijing and Seoul, Korea, meeting with education agencies to promote Fredonia and
the School of Music.