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Dr. Cameron F. LaBarr

Cameron F. LaBarr






Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts 306



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Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897 work
Director of Choral Studies


  • DMA, University of North Texas
  • MMus, University of North Texas
  • BMus, Missouri State University

Professional experience

Dr. Cameron F. LaBarr is director of choral studies at Missouri State University. LaBarr is the founding artistic director and conductor of the Tennessee Chamber Chorus, a premier professional choir. Formerly, he served in university choral positions in Tennessee and Texas. In the summer of 2012, LaBarr was awarded conducting fellowships at the Yale International Choral Festival and the Sarteano (Italy) Chamber Choir Workshop. Recently, LaBarr was named a Salzburg Global Fellow and attended the Salzburg Seminar: Conflict Transformation through Peace-Building and the Arts.

LaBarr has worked as guest conductor and clinician for various institutions and international festivals across the United States, Europe, South Africa, and China. He holds memberships with the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Choristers Guild, Chorus America, and currently serves on the development committee of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM). LaBarr has presented interest sessions at the Northwestern and Western divisional conferences of ACDA. Choirs under his direction have been selected for performance at the Tennessee Music Education Association and the Tennessee ACDA.

Research and professional interests

Dr. LaBarr has published articles and reviews in the Choral Journal and The Chorister and edits a choral series with Santa Barbara Music Publishing. His choral arrangements and editions are published by Colla Voce Music and Choristers Guild.

Recent major choral-orchestral works conducted by LaBarr include Bach’s Aus der Tiefen rufe ich (Denton Bach Choir and Orchestra), Mozart’s Requiem (Christ UMC Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra), Randall Thompson’s Testament of Freedom (UNT Men’s Chorus and Dallas Metropolitan Winds), Ralph Vaughan Williams' Hodie, Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Finzi’s In Terra Pax, Beethoven's Mass in C Major, and Haydn's Nelsonmesse (Lee University Choral Union and Symphony Orchestra).

Awards and honors

  • Salzburg Global Fellow, 2013
  • Conducing fellowship, Yale International Choral Festival, 2012
  • Conducting fellowship, Sarteano (Italy) Chamber Choir Workshop, 2012