BM, Illinois Wesleyan University; MM, Northwestern University; DMA, Juilliard School of Music.
A professor of vocal studies, aural skills, humanities, performing vocal artist, pianist, and choral conductor, Barrington Coleman has performed and recorded as a tenor soloist with such esteemed organizations as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Music of the Baroque Ensemble, Royal Opera House of Covent Garden, La Fenice (Venice,Italy), Glyndebourne Opera, London Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras, and the Sunday Evening Club of WTTW-TV in Chicago.
He has collaborated with such prominent composers as Coleridge Taylor Perkinson, Adolphus Hailstork, Doug McConnell, and Richard Hundley on various premier and standard works for voice, as well as performing as a jazz pianist with many prominent jazz artists, including Christian McBride, Lonnie Plaxico, Sam Rivers, in addition to Coleman’s own jazz trio.
Having taught as an assistant professor of music at Saint Xavier University of Chicago, assistant professor of voice at his Alma Mater, Illinois Wesleyan University, and a guest artist/choral conductor at Northwestern University, Dr.Coleman has served as a teaching fellow in the study of Aural Skills at the Juilliard School of Music, and an Associate Professor of Voice and conductor of the Varsity Men’s Glee Club since 1996 at the University of Illinois (Urbana).
In 1990, Barrington and his wife, internationally acclaimed lyric soprano and UI vocal professor emeritus, Cynthia Haymon performed in the world premiere of Richard Blackford’s musical, King, as well as featured artists on the EMI label recording and film of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
A frequent guest artist, pedagogue,choral conductor/arranger, and astute clinician, Barrington has served in numerous capacities over the years with such American national organizations as the Illinois Music Educators Association, All-State Choral conferences, American Association of Choral Conductors, New York Choral Conductor’s Association, the International Association of Jazz Educators, and the Black Sacred Music Symposium held on the campus of University of Illinois throughout his tenure as professor.
As a guest conductor, he has also collaborated with numerous choral ensembles in England, Wales, and Austria. In addition to directing and performing, Dr. Coleman established the Marquee Artist Immersion Lecture Series which is a significant educational and artistic component for attending audiences and some of the world’s prolific guest artists at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Illinois.
Along with experiences in commercial television work in the U.S., Barrington has served as an adjudicator for arts programs of universities, high schools, community arts organizations, churches, and an array of professional music associations in America as a classical, jazz, and gospel artist.
The gift of singing is rooted in the foundation of God-given components of individual anatomy. The most vital aspect of singing is the ability to develop a healthy, expressive tone and physical approach to singing, which enables aspiring artists to sing comfortably and for a long time. In my teaching I strive to share the vast influences that have enriched my life musically and personally. I help my students focus on the thorough study, analysis, and application of such sensory principles as the coordination and even distribution of breath, the maintenance and discipline of building muscular strength, flexibility, and vitality through the daily application of vocal exercises and assimilation of articulation, and the aural identification of healthy, quality vocal sound. I strive to encourage artistic self-discipline, zeal for research and exploration of diverse styles, periods, and practices, and provide a secure foundation for vocal technique according to the expressive capacity of each individual.