David Barg, Interim Conductor

Phone: 816-646-0486


The Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra convened for the first time in 1957 under the sponsorship of the Topeka Symphony Society and led by Mr. Robert Hallman. Its mission is to provide young musicians the opportunity to play in a symphony orchestra with their peers from high schools throughout northeast Kansas. Directed by Interim Conductor David Barg, the orchestra today boasts over 60 members from the Topeka area and northeast Kansas.



David Barg, Interim Conductor,
The Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra

Interim Conductor of the Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra, David Barg, is also Music Director of the Ozarks Youth Orchestras, Guest Conductor of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City, and Conductor/Clinician for the Education Departments of the NY Philharmonic and Omaha Symphony. As conductor of all-state ensembles and workshops throughout the country, he has been a clinician in Kansas City area middle and high schools, and has led the Sound Encounters Orchestras in Ottawa, Kansas for some two decades.

A Cultural Ambassador for the United States Information Agency in South America, David has also conducted at festivals of contemporary music in Russia, directed concerts by the Moscow Radio & Television and the St. Petersburg “Klassika” State Orchestras, and taught at the Moscow Conservatory College and the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

David’s research focus is the development of a learner-centered approach to conducting and rehearsing school ensembles. He has taught this approach in professional development workshops sponsored by such organizations as the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Guild, the Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Duluth, Houston, Kansas City and Washington, DC Board of Education; and many State Music Educators Associations, among others. From 2003 to 2008, he was a music staff professional development consultant for the New York City Board of Education. His workbook for conductors, Igniting Response (to our Conducting), will be published in Fall 2015.

David received his BA from Columbia University in Sociology and Languages. He studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal at the Paris Conservatory and was principal flutist of the Festival Les Arcs in France, the Philadelphia Opera Company, and the Caramoor Music Festival Orchestra and the Orchestra of Our Time in New York, among others. He has also had extensive careers in fundraising and arts administration.

From 2009 to 2011, David taught conducting to music education majors at Boston University and earned a Master of Music degree (with a focus on Music Education and Professional Development) as the Outstanding Graduate Music Education Student of 2011.

He moved to Kansas City from New York City despite the fact that his daughter, Vanessa, owns a chocolate company in New York.



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