Dr. Cameron F. LaBarr



Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



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

Professional experience

Cameron F. LaBarr is director of choral studies at Missouri State University where he leads a comprehensive choral program including over 200 singers in five choirs. He has held university choral positions at Lee University and the University of North Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Missouri State University, where he studied with Dr. Guy B. Webb, and earned a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas, where he studied choral and orchestral conducting with Dr. Jerry McCoy and Maestro David Itkin. He has completed further studies in choral music with Simon Carrington and Alice Parker. LaBarr has been awarded fellowships at the Yale International Choral Festival, the Sarteano (Italy) Chamber Choir Workshop, and was named a Salzburg Fellow in April 2014, where he participated in 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, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the National Association for Music Education, Choristers Guild, Chorus America, and currently serves on the development committee of the International Federation for Choral Music. Choirs under his direction have been selected for performance at the Tennessee Music Education Association Conference, Tennessee ACDA Conference, Missouri Music Educators Association Conference, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses National Seminar. Engagements this year include a fellowship with the International Conductors Exchange Program to Sweden and a return appearance as artist-in-residence with the choruses of Wenzhou, China.

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

  • International Conductors Exchange Program Fellowship, Sweden, 2015
  • International Conductors Exchange Program Fellowship, China, 2014
  • Salzburg Global Fellow, 2013
  • Conducing fellowship, Yale International Choral Festival, 2012
  • Conducting fellowship, Sarteano (Italy) Chamber Choir Workshop, 2012