Barbara A. Brinson is Associate Professor of Music Education at the State University of New York, College at Fredonia, where she directs the University Chorus and teaches choral conducting, choral methods, and foundations courses. Before moving to New York in 2001, Dr. Brinson served for 14 years on the music faculty of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Prior to teaching at the university level, she taught choral and general music in the Georgia public schools for 10 years at the elementary through high school levels. She has directed choirs at all levels in both schools and churches.
She has served as director of the Intermediate Choir of the Chautauqua Children's Chorale, held the position of Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for Youth and Student Activities for New York American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and served on the editorial staff of the Journal of Research in Music Teacher Education. She has served as faculty advisor of the student ACDA chapter on the Fredonia campus, and in the fall of 2007, she worked with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra as a part of their education program in the East Aurora schools.
Dr. Brinson is currently working on the 2nd edition of her college textbook, Choral Music Methods and Materials, with her co-author, Dr. Steven Demorest of the University of Washington. She has written articles for such publications as the Choral Journal, Music Educators Journal, and General Music Today. She is currently the Choral Review Editor for the School Music News, a New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) publication. In August 2002, she presented a session at the conference of the International Society of Music Education in Bergen, Norway, and in 2005, she presented at the International Conference for Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii. A frequent clinician at conventions, conferences, and schools, she is also very active as a guest conductor, and as an adjudicator at choral festivals. Her professional affiliations include National Association for Music Education (NAfME, formerly known as MENC), ACDA, Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Lambda and NYSSMA.