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 

Violinist, Pine Mountain Music Festival Orchestra

Conductor, Upper Peninsula Youth Orchestra (1999-2014)

Guest Conductor, Marquette Symphony Orchestra

Ensemble Coach, Upper Peninsula Chamber Festival

Adjudicator, Michigan State Solo and Ensemble

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

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


  • American String Teachers Association

  • College Orchestra Director’s Association.


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.