Joanne Barnes | Executive Producer
Joanne Barnes is the Executive Producer Singing for Children. She is also the managing director of Arts Management Services, LLC, a classical music agency, now in its 27th year, representing opera singers, conductors, pianists and other solo artists.
She began her musical life as a violinist at the age of five. She auditioned for and was accepted into the Idyllwild Summer Music Program as the youngest member of their chamber orchestra and was also admitted to their orchestra program. While still in high school, she formed her own string quartet that received many honors. And, she was also a member of the Stockton Symphony under noted conductor Roy Harris and was asked to be a part of the orchestra at the University of the Pacific, whilst still in high school.
She received a full scholarship in both violin and voice to attend San Francisco State University, later moving to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she completed both her bachelor and master of vocal performance degrees. As a part of her duties as a graduate assistant, she was involved in organizing and running the outreach concert programs, perhaps a foretelling of the future.
Joanne Barnes was a founding member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus where she also served on the American Guild of Musical Artists executive committee. She was privileged to work with some of the best-known conductors and was often asked to cover roles because of her abilities at learning music so quickly and accurately. More than once, at the last minute, she was called upon to fill in for an ailing artist. She worked closely with both Maestro Ozawa and with Edo deWaart. Her relationship with conductor Seiji Ozawa afforded her entrée to the Tanglewood Berkshire Summer Music Program for two consecutive years where she further honed her skills as a vocalist, studying with renowned soprano Phillis Curtin.
Upon leaving her position with the chorus, she departed for Germany where, for the next four years she pursued an active professional career in opera and in concert work. She was just in the throes of breaking into a substantial career, when family responsibilities intervened and she was obliged to return to the United States.
Putting together her skills as both musician and organizer of time and talent, Joanne Barnes turned her focus towards managing classical artists. That was when Arts Management Services, LLC began. In addition to her responsibilities to the artists she represents, she works closely with projects specific to some of the artists she represents.
An outgrowth of one of those projects happened to be the search of a particular score to a piano concerto written by none other than Lionel Barrymore. From that initial search, an entire research project was launched by her. Now in its final stages of completion, the book titled The Musical Legacy of Lionel Barrymore will be published in 2019. And, those heretofore unpublished compositions, by the man who was primarily known as an actor but wanted to be a composer and a painter, will be published by Musical Legacy Publishing, founded by Ms. Barnes and her business partner Timm Rolek.
Ms. Barnes is a voting member of the National Academy of Recordings Arts and Sciences (GRAMMY®), a member of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) and Opera America.