Barry Crawford

M.M., The Mannes College of Music

Flutist Barry J. Crawford is a member of the internationally renowned Talea Ensemble, the Jupiter Symphony
Chamber Players, Poetica Musica, and Ensemble Pi as well as a Resident Artist with the Finger Lakes Chamber
Ensemble in Ithaca, NY. As a guest artist he has performed with the Buffalo, Binghamton, Boise, Northeastern
Pennsylvania & Erie Philharmonics, Chautauqua Symphony, American Ballet Theater, Dorian Wind Quintet,
counter)induction, Cygnus Ensemble, Argento Ensemble, Fireworks Ensemble, Nunc, Buffalo Chamber Players,
Brandenburg Ensemble, Quintet of the Americas, Strathmere Ensemble, Sequitur, and is currently principal flute of
the Western New York Chamber Orchestra.

He has performed in numerous internationally recognized music festivals, such as Mostly Mozart, the Lincoln Center
Festival, June in Buffalo, the Spoleto Festival in Italy, the Pablo Casals Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Bergen
Festival in Norway, the International Music Festival in Istanbul, Turkey, the reMusik Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia,
the Time of Music Festival in Vitasaari, Finland, L’Octobre Musical Carthage in Tunisia and has performed in chamber
concerts and new music festivals in over twenty countries on five continents.

"Crawford always performs with steely accuracy and a superb, singing tone… is a musician with guts…and brought a
robust flute sound" (New York Sun) and “played with precision and warmth" (New York Times).
The Southampton Press said of his performances, " … Crawford's playing was superb. I admired his tone, his
phrasing and breath control, and the joy-giving communicative quality of his playing… Crawford is a superb flutist with
a silvery tone, exquisite phrasing, and a fluid deftness".

Mr. Crawford has been a guest soloist in major concert halls across the United States, including Boston Symphony
Hall, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and the Symphony Center in Chicago.
He has been featured on the McGraw-Hill Young Artist's Showcase on WQXR both as a soloist and chamber player,
and has recorded for several television commercials, film soundtracks, popular music recordings, and has performed
in pit orchestras for several Broadway productions, including the 2015 revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The
King and I at Lincoln Center.

Currently Assistant Professor of Flute at the State University of New York at Fredonia, he has previously served on
the faculties of the University at Buffalo, Sarah Lawrence College, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and is
part of the performing/coaching staff at the Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center at Brandeis
University since 2006, where he has premiered hundreds of new works by emerging composers. Mr. Crawford
studied with Samuel Baron at Stony Brook University, Tara Helen O'Connor at Purchase College Conservatory of
Music, and Judith Mendenhall at the Mannes College of Music.

He has recorded for Albany, Decca Records, and Pi
Recordings, among others. He can be heard playing alto flute with the Buffalo Philharmonic on their “Polish
Masterworks” album, and has recorded albums with two jazz legends, vocalist Jane Monheit (“The Heart of the
Matter”) and saxophonist Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance (“Synovial Joints”).

Mr. Crawford plays a William S. Haynes Handmade Custom Flute - Fusion-Outside model.

Professional Membership

  • National Association for Music Education
  • National Flute Association


  • "Brown University Virtual Residency," Talea Ensemble , , Brown University (N/A).
  • "Celebrating 150 Years of Composition at the Peabody Instutue," Talea Ensemble , , Peabody Institute of The John Hopkins University (2021).
  • "Reves Extatiques: French Songs and Vocalises," Ekstasis Duo and Friends, Bob and Betty Young, Merkin Hall (2020).