Carol Barnett is an American composer. Barnett's compositions range from solo piano, voice, chorus, diverse chamber ensembles, orchestra, and wind ensemble. She is a charter member of the American Composers Forum, a former McKnight fellow, and her works, including the popular Bluegrass Mass, are performed internationally. Click here to peruse or purchase works by this audacious and engaging female composer!

Rising golden sun,
the music of a new day;
come, share it with me.


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...A fun new idea! Vocal music for young singers by contemporary composers. Bravo to Robert Peavler and North Star Music, LLC. Find my "Blessing" in Mezzo-soprano Vol. 2:

go to North Star Music

...My first time on a podcast!

go to Let's Talk About Music! podcast

..."A Twin Cities Composition Career With Alumna Carol Barnett": Honored to be featured in Tutti, the University of Minnesota alumni magazine

...It's out! To preview the audio (and order the CD), click below: LOCK & KEY VOLUME II, featuring my "Shaker Suite: Canterbury." Order now:
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...Delighted and humbled:

King's Singers Jury Commendation

"It is a privilege to commend Carol E Barnett on this poignantly lovely work filled with surprising lilts and contrapuntal movement between the voices."

...Thanks to Singing City for inviting me to their recent panel discussion, "Composing for Choirs"
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Singing City panel discussion

....Check out the recent Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra Mahler Project video - click below to start at my interview segment, and scroll back for a deep dive into Mahler 5:

...Just published by E. C. Schirmer, "My People Are Rising," my piece for women's chorus, violin, and doumbek inspired by Mohja Kahf's unfinished poem about the Syrian revolution.

...Into the Fire recently performed by Saint John UMC Choir and Monroe Crossing:

Currently Working On... Consortio project, "Cliff Notes" for SATB and piano. For more information or to join the co-commissioning group, visit my Consortio page

...Revising the libretto of my chamber opera, SNOW, in preparation for reading and performance - stay tuned for further developments!

Hot Off the Press...

...A setting of Minnesota poet Louis Jenkins' "Witches" and "Bat" for mezzo and piano

..."Summer 2020" for organ and French horn, to be premiered at the AGO conference in Seattle 2022

..."A Monument to Adam" for chorus and bluegrass band, for the Cantata Singers/will wickham

...Will's Ladies, for Clara Osowski and the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra/Will Schrickel

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Golden Slumbers
SATB a cappella

chamber opera