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Korey Barrett

Korey Barrett
Associate Professor of Vocal Coaching and Collaborative Piano

Dr. Korey Barrett is Associate Professor and Vocal Coach at the University of Northern Iowa. Dr. Barrett is a diversely experienced musician and music educator whose background includes training as a vocal coach, accompanist, pedagogue, and singer. At the University of Northern Iowa he serves as music director and vocal coach for UNI Opera. Barrett is also the co-founder and music director of OperaNEO, an intensive summer opera festival in San Diego, CA, that is about to embark upon its seventh season.  OperaNEO features collaboration with conductors, coaches, stage directors, and voice instructors from across the country and overseas. Recent full productions have included L'incoronazione di Poppea, Agrippina, Rinaldo, Partenope, Idomeneo, The Merry Widow, Armide, Giasone, Così fan tutte, The Fairy Queen, Don Giovanni, Carmen, Le nozze di Figaro, and Die Zauberflöte. Recent guest artists have included conductor Nicholas Kraemer, mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, and the the Bach Collegium San Diego. Barrett has also served as coach and pianist for several seasons of the Des Moines Metro Opera and its James M. Collier Apprentice Program, and as Resident Artist coach and accompanist for the Minnesota Opera. He maintains an active recital and master class schedule around the country. Prior to his appointment at UNI, Barrett served as vocal coach at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Music. Other artistic venues have included Opera North, The Ohio Light Opera, the Columbus Academy of Vocal Arts, as well as projects with the Herzen Pedagogical Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Eastman School of Music Summer Institute, and the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival. Barrett received his Doctoral degree in piano accompanying and chamber music from the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Jean Barr, and Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees in voice from the University of Northern Iowa, where he studied with Jean McDonald.


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(319) 273-2962
Office Location: 
284 Russell Hall
D.M.A. - Eastman School of Music