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Barbara Rhyneer D. A.


I am a Professor of Music at Northern Michigan University. As the sole string specialist in the Department of Music, I teach string pedagogy, coach string chamber ensembles, and provide lessons on violin and viola. I also teach orchestral conducting, music appreciation, and direct the NMU Symphony Orchestra.


  • B.  M.  Loyola Marymount University

  • M. M. Bowling Green State University

  • D. A.  Ball State University

    • Orchestral Conducting​

    • Violin Performance

Professional Activities

Associate Concertmaster, Marquette Symphony Orchestra


Violinist, Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra (1997-present)

Violinist, Pine Mountain Music Festival Orchestra

Conductor, Easter Central Indian Youth Orchestra (1995-1996)

Conductor, Upper Peninsula Youth Orchestra (1999-2014)

Guest Conductor, Marquette Symphony Orchestra

Ensemble Coach, Upper Peninsula Chamber Festival

Adjudicator, Michigan State Solo and Ensemble (1998-2022)

Conductor, Wisconsin State Music Association Honors Orchestra (2022)

Fiddle player and vocalist, Knockabouts U. P. (Irish Band)

"Rosie", Forest Robert's Theatre production of Mamma Mia (2019)

Co-composer of incidental music for "Above the Timberline" by

     Gregory Manchess (2021)

2022 Arts Educator of the Year Award, Office of Arts and Culture, Marquette, Michigan


  • American String Teachers Association

  • College Orchestra Director’s Association.

Photo Credit: Audrey Hantz

Teaching is learning about what each student needs and desires. I believe teachers should foster students' own inherent ability to explore themselves through music. Practicing music is practicing life. It only gets better.

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