Dr. Christopher Barrick serves as the Department Head of Music and Theatre, and the James & Ann Bumpass Distinguished Chair of Music at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. As Associate Professor of Music, he directs the UAFS Jazz Band and teaches applied saxophone.
A versatile musician and educator, Barrick performs and teaches all styles of music including classical, jazz, and rock. He has given solo performances at numerous professional conferences including those of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, and the Association for Technology in Music Instruction. He has performed professionally with nationally known acts such as the Omaha Symphony, Johnny Mathis, the Legends of Swing, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Sonny Turner and the Platters, The Crystals, The Coasters, Wayne Newton, Rick K. and The Allnighters, the Harry James Orchestra, and The Temptations.
Barrick’s research interests include saxophone repertoire, pedagogy, and jazz studies. His scholarship has been published in the North American Saxophone Alliance’s Saxophone Symposium. In 2009, Lambert Academic Publishing published his book on the saxophone repertoire of composer Elliot Del Borgo. Barrick has presented research at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest 2012,the United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, the national conference of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and at regional conferences of the College Music Society.
Prior to his appointment at UAFS, Barrick was a member of the music faculty at West Liberty University (West Virginia) for six years, including serving as Chair of the Department of Music and Theater from 2013 to 2014. He also has been employed as the Jazz Ensemble Director at Doane College (Crete, Neb.) and taught instrumental music for two years in the public schools of Tennessee. An active adjudicator and clinician, Barrick has presented saxophone clinics at the United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, regional conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance, and at the annual conference of the West Virginia Music Educators Association.
Originally from New Jersey, Barrick holds music degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (D.M.A.), the University of Tennessee (M.M.), and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (B.A. and B.S.). He is a proud Endorsing Artist for Conn-Selmer and performs on Selmer Paris saxophones.