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Ralph Barrett

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Ralph G. Barrett is assistant professor and chair of the department of music at North Carolina Central University. A native of the Philadelphia, PA area, Dr. Barrett holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from The University of South Carolina, a Master of Music in conducting from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Millersville University, Millersville, PA. Dr. Barrett is a retired U.S. Navy Musician and Band Officer, and a veteran of 28 years of enlisted and officer service. His officer assignments included: Associate Conductor of United States Navy Band, Washington, DC; Director of Training and Executive Officer of the Navy School of Music, Norfolk, VA; and Director of U.S. Fleet Forces Band, the Navy’s largest and most active fleet band activity. Dr. Barrett ‘s performing and recording credits include the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, Natalie Cole, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, Jim Nabors, and The Washington Winds. He has guest conducted instrumental ensembles nationally, and has been a featured adjudicator for North American Music Festivals. Dr. Barrett’s military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, four awards of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda music honors society, and was elected to the Upper Moreland High School, Willow Grove, PA, Alumni Hall of Fame. He is an active lay leader with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Prior to arriving at NCCU, Dr. Barrett served as an adjunct professor of music at Benedict College, Columbia, SC


DMA University of South Carolina 2013
MMU Northwestern University 1996
BSED Millersville University 1978
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