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Meet Dr. Diane Barger

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Dr. Diane Barger is Professor of Clarinet at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music and a member of the Moran Woodwind Quintet. She currently serves as principal clarinet with Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra and is Treasurer of the International Clarinet Association. Dr. Barger also proudly serves as an Artist/Clinician for Buffet Crampon and is an educational recording artist for Carl Fischer Publications.

Dr. Barger founded Cornerstone Academy of Clarinet to bring university-level clarinet instruction to anyone who shares her love for all things clarinet and wants to both begin developing or fine-tune their existing clarinet skills.  As Mentoring Instructor, she personally advises and supervises each Cornerstone Instructor as they use her teaching styles and methods to guide their students toward Excellence in Artistry!  Dr. Barger also interacts with all Cornerstone Academy Students.  She is also available on an extremely limited basis to serve as a student's sole instructor, but space is extremely limited. 

An active soloist and chamber musician, master class clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States, Dr. Barger was a featured artist at the 2009 (Portugal), 2008 (Missouri), 2007 (Vancouver), 2006 (Georgia), 2005 (Tokyo), 2004 (Washington, D.C.), 2000 (Oklahoma) and 1997 (Texas) International Clarinet Association ClarinetFests® and the 2009, 2002 and 1998 Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium in Norman, Oklahoma. She was the guest artist for the 2007 and 2004 Alabama Clarinet Retreat in Birmingham, the 2001 Southern Appalachian Clarinet Retreat in North Carolina, and appeared as concerto soloist with the UNL, Northern Arizona University, University of Texas-Austin and Florida State University wind ensembles. A specialist in the genre of operatic fantasies for clarinet based on Vincenzo Bellini operas, Dr. Barger can be heard as a featured soloist on the International Clarinet Association's 1998 Recording Project compact disc in a performance of Domenico Mirco's "La Sonnambula” Fantasia for clarinet and piano.

With the Moran Woodwind Quintet, one of the most active and visible quintets in the Midwest, Dr. Barger participated in two lecture/performances at the 2005 College Music Society International Conference in Alcalá de Henares, Spain and the 2005 CMS National Conference in Quebec, Canada. The group also participated in a lecture/performance of music by Elliott Carter for the September 2008 CMS National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The quintet has also performed at the Grand Valley Music Festival, the North Central Music Educator's National Convention, the Double Reed Society Convention, and at various colleges and universities around the United States. Their 1998 compact disc recording by Crystal Records, "Postcards from the Center," features works by American composers Lieuwen, Murdock, Higdon and Heiden. Their 2004 and 2007 CD projects feature the music of Theodore Blumer and are also available through Crystal Records. With the oboist and bassoonist of the quintet, Dr. Barger was a featured guest artist in a recital at the 2004 International Double Reed Society convention in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Barger received the Doctor of Music (1999) and Bachelor of Music (1988) degrees from the Florida State University where she was a student of Frank Kowalsky. While completing the Graduate Certificate in Performance (1990) and Master of Music (1989) degrees from Northwestern University she was a student of renowned pedagogue Robert Marcellus. For her doctoral research she was the recipient of the 1996 Faculty Summer Research Fellowship and Grant-in-Aid awarded by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Research Council. She also received the 2001 Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Distinguished College Teaching Award and teaching awards by the UNL Parents Association and Teaching Council. In addition to being a member of the International Clarinet Association, Music Educators National Conference, the Music Teachers National Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota, Dr. Barger served as Coordinator of the ICA's High School Solo Competition (2003-2005) and is Chair of the Wind Area at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Professional Experience and Education

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Clarinet Professor since 1994
  • Buffet Crampon, USA Artist/Clinician
  • Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Principal clarinetist: since 2003
  • Former member of:
    • The Florida Orchestra
    • Naples Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Tampa Bay Opera Orchestra
    • Tallahassee Symphony
    • Chicago Civic Orchestra
  • Clarinetist with the Moran Woodwind Quintet: since 1994
  • Private clarinet studio instructor: since 1984
  • Graduate of the Florida State University (DM and BM) and Northwestern University (MM and Graduate Certificate in Performance)
  • Current curriculum vita

Instruments and Equipment


  • Buffet Prestige R-13 B-flat clarinet
  • Buffet Prestige R-13 A clarinet
  • Buffet Prestige RC E-flat clarinet


  • Greg Smith Kaspar model (B-flat/A clarinets)
  • Greg Smith E-flat clarinet mouthpiece


  • Bob Scott 4-point ligature in brass (all clarinets)


  • Vandoren V12, strength 3.5 (B-flat/A clarinets)
  • Vandoren German cut “White Master”, strength 3.5 (E-flat clarinet)


  • Chadash (B-flat/A/E-flat clarinets)
  • Clark Fobes (E-flat clarinet)





Cornerstone Academy

2010 Performance Calendar



      6th-7th – Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra- Dr. Diane Barger-Principal Clarinetist, plays Beethoven, featuring his Symphony No. 9, 7:30pm, Lied Center, Lincoln



23rd – The Moran Quintet- Dr. Diane Barger-Clarinet, performs at the International Double Reed Society Conference, 3:00 p.m. Norman, OK



21st – Dr. Diane Barger-Clarinet, performs Bling Bling by Scott McAllister at the International Clarinet Association conference, 1:00pm, Austin, TX



17th– Dr. Diane Barger-Clarinet, performs X Concerto for Clarinet by Scott McAllister as featured soloist with Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 pm, Lincoln



Click on the control below to hear sample of Dr. Barger's artistry in collaboration with UNL pianist,
Dr. Mark Clinton
"La Sonnambula" Fantasia by
Domenico Mirco


Fantasia by Eugene Jancourt

Tonada by Carlos Guastavino




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