Associate Professor of Vocal Coaching
and Collaborative Piano
D.M.A. - Eastman School of Music
Office: 284 Russell Hall
Phone: (319) 273-2962
Dr. Korey Barrett, Associate Professor and Vocal Coach at the University of Northern Iowa School of Music, is a talented and diversely experienced musician and music educator. His background includes training as a vocal coach, accompanist, pedagogue and singer.
Most recently, Barrett co-founded Opera NEO, an intensive summer training workshop for aspiring operatic talent in San Diego, CA. Opera NEO investigates the role of opera today "by endeavoring to engage broader audiences and finding new horizons in contemporary interpretations. By marrying historically informed musical performance with stagings that speak to modern theatergoers, it builds a bridge connecting performers and audience members to the artists of the past while keeping their work vital and relevant." The festival has featured collaboration with the Bach Collegium San Diego as well as with numerous directors, conductors, coaches, and voice instructors from across the country. Recent productions have included L'incoronazione di Poppea, Agrippina, Le nozze di Figaro, and Die Zauberflöte. Barrett continues to function as music director and coach for the festival's third season.
Barrett has also served as coach and pianist for four seasons with the Des Moines Metro Opera and its James M. Collier Apprentice Program, and was also Resident Artist coach and accompanist at the Minnesota Opera, where he coached the area’s leading operatic talents in mainstage productions, concerts, and recitals. He maintains an active recital and masterclass schedule around the country and also recently performed and presented masterclasses with John Hines, bass-baritone, at the Herzen Pedagogical Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Prior to his appointment at the University of Northern Iowa, Barrett served as Vocal Coach at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Music in Norman, OK. Additional artistic venues have included Opera North, The Ohio Light Opera, the Columbus Academy of Vocal Arts, as well as projects with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Eastman School of Music Summer Institute, Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, New Breath Productions and Grinnell Productions.
Barrett received his Doctoral degree in piano accompanying and chamber music from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He earned both his Masters and Bachelors degrees in voice from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.