• Lee University


  • Cameron F. LaBarr

    B.M., Missouri State University
    M.M., D.M.A, University of North Texas


    Assistant Professor of Choral Music

    A native of Richmond, Mo., Dr. Cameron F. LaBarr is assistant professor of choral music at Lee University, where he conducts the Lee University Choral Union and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, choral literature, and choral techniques. Additionally, LaBarr is the founding artistic director and conductor of the Tennessee Chamber Chorus, a premier professional choir. Formerly, he served as conductor of the Men’s Chorus and taught undergraduate conducting at the University of North Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Missouri State University, where he studied with Dr. Guy B. Webb, and a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas, where he studied choral conducting with Dr. Jerry McCoy and orchestral conducting with Maestro David Itkin. 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 he will attend the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders in 2014. LaBarr will guest conduct in China in July 2014 as part of the International Conductors Exchange Program sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association.  

    As an advocate for community singing, LaBarr has been associate conductor of the Dallas Rotary Men’s Chorus and the Denton Bach Society. He has served at various churches in Missouri and Texas, most recently at Christ United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas, where he conducted the youth choirs and founded the Wesley Collegiate Chorale. In May of 2010, LaBarr led the Wesley Chorale on tour to England and Wales, performing concerts in Cardiff, Worcester, Epworth, Oxford, and at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

    LaBarr has worked as a guest conductor and clinician for various institutions and international festivals. 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, and Chorus America, and currently serves on the development committee of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM). LaBarr has presented interest sessions on male chorus literature and programming at the northwestern (Seattle, 2012) and western (Reno, 2012) divisional conferences of ACDA. Choirs under his direction have been selected for performance at the Tennessee Music Education Association annual conference and the Tennessee ACDA conference. In the 2012-2013 school year, LaBarr guest conducted and presented choral sessions in California, Iowa, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas. In September of 2013, LaBarr guest conducted the Armonia Chamber Singers and guest lectured at the University of Pretoria (South Africa). In November of 2014, he will spend a week as a guest lecturer and conductor at the University of Hawaii.

    LaBarr has published articles and reviews in the Choral Journal and The Chorister and edits a choral series with Santa Barbara Music Publishing. LaBarr’s 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, and Beethoven's Mass in C Major (Lee University Choral Union and Symphony Orchestra).

    LaBarr and his wife, Susan, reside in Cleveland, Tennessee, where she works as choral editor for Walton Music.