could have achieved none of this without solid, proper training.
That spring he also received the High School Piano Diploma from the National Guild of Piano Teachers, which gave him the credentials to teach.
Despite the musical training and accomplishments, Lee
originally planned to major in science or psychology in college. His
life took a 180-degree turn on a sultry Thursday afternoon, 16 July 1981 when a friend succeeded in getting an organist friend to play a private organ recital just for the two of them.
The organist's playing and thrilling music selections instilled a burning desire in Lee to study organ. Lee's high school teacher fanned the flames by occasionally gifting him with cassettes of fine organ literature.
decided to attend Millsaps College
in Jackson, MS, and he
majored in organ performance, studying with Donald D. Kilmer.
won first place in the MMTA Junior Division Organ competition in 1984; and he
received the Millsaps Senior Music Award when he
graduated in 1986.
continued studies under Dr. Larry Smith at Indiana University, Bloomington
, graduating with a Master of Music in organ performance in 1988. He
was also awarded the Performer's Certificate.
has taught piano since 1987, when a colleague gave him her
studio at a music store in Bloomington. In the summer of 1988, Lee
studio to his
home, then later to his
church when he
moved to Indianapolis.
From 1993-2004 he served as adjunct faculty at St. Richard's Episcopal School, Indianapolis.
In 2005 he moved his studio to St. Francis Episcopal Church in Zionsville, where he has served as Organist, Choirmaster, and Director of the Concert Series since 1999. He has been assistant organist at St. Luke Catholic Church in Indianapolis since 1999, and recently additionally became the organist/choirmaster for the St. John Bosco Latin Mass Community of Carmel, IN. He has played concerts in Memphis, Indianapolis and New York.
His active memberships include the National Guild of Piano Teachers, a division of the American College of Music (ACM), the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM), and the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM). He is active in the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), and has been on the faculty for the annual Student Organ Encounter (SOE) since 2003.
passion is teaching his
students to understand what they are doing in their music, and why. He
believes that a teacher's greatest endeavor is to empower the students to do what the teacher can do, eventually without the teacher.
I believe that a teacher's greatest gift
is to empower the students to do
what the teacher can do,
eventually without the teacher.
Lee Barlow, Piano Instructor