Barry McCommon
Senior Lecturer

Barry is a musician that defies categorization. Having begun his career while still enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music, he also cut his teeth in the clubs of Philly and Atlantic City. His versatility has earned him respect as a “crossover” artist, performing in venues ranging from Lincoln Center to the House of Blues with anyone from the Royal Ballet, to the Jaco Pastorius Big Band, to R&B legend Aretha Franklin. A member of the genre-bending Nu Directions Chamber Brass, he is to some the tuxedo-clad classical bass trombonist for The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia--to others he's the jazz musician they've seen backing the likes of Herbie Hancock--in another realm, he regularly can be seen on the r&b/funk circuit of Philly and Atlantic City with luminaries such as Pattie Labelle. This musical dichotomy has seen Barry share the stage with Opera greats(Luciano Pavarotti), Broadway/Cabaret stars(Bernadette Peters), Jazz heavies(Randy Brecker), R&B legends(Peabo Bryson), to Pop/Rock icons(Peter Cetera) and many, many, more—a “who’s who” performing in Philly, Atlantic City, and New York. In addition to his work as a performer, he is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts where he teaches lessons and directs the UArts Trombone Ensemble, an Associate Conductor of Bravo Brass, and has taught at the Philadelphia International Music Festival through chamber music coaching and a solo performance class.

Rather than accept the parameters that so many try to place on musicians, Barry plays what he wants to play—his love of rock, jazz, r&b, pop, and classical show every time he hits the stage.

Class Schedule, Fall 2017

- Applied Instruction Non-Majors
- Major Lessons - Instrumental

Contact Info

Office: Merriam Theater 4TH
Tel: 215-717-6342
Fax: 215-545-8056