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About Karl Barton

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Karl S. Barton
Thomasville, GA 31792
229-226-1621 ext. 1069 (P)


Florida State University


Duquesne University


University of Akron


Florida State University

Karl S. Barton, Division Chair; Professor of Music


Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies

Karl Barton is Professor of Music and Chair of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies at Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia. He is also coordinator of Arts for Community at Thomas University (ACTU, "Act Two"), which includes the monthly Sundays at Four and bi-monthly Fridays at Noon concert series that he programs. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Trustees for the Thomasville Entertainment Foundation concert series and is a frequent guest on the Classical-music, public radio station WFSQ in Tallahassee.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, he began his study of the flute at the age of seven with Martin Lerner, his "flute dad," who painstakingly taught Karl the importance of tone and musical phrasing as well as a musicianship deeply rooted in humanity.

He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz flute performance at Duquesne University where he studied flute with Wendy Webb Kumer and jazz improvisation with saxophonist Eric Kloss. He also earned a Master of Music degree in flute performance at the University of Akron where he studied flute with George Pope.

He earned his Doctorate in flute performance, a Master's degree in Historical Musicology and certificates in early music and world music at Florida State University, where he studied flute with Charles DeLaney, early music with Jeffery Kite-Powell and Karyl Louwenaar, and ethnic flute traditions with Dale Olsen and Ming Li. He has performed in the masterclasses of Marcel Moyse, Geoffrey Gilbert, William Bennett, Ransom Wilson and Bernard Goldberg.

A former program chair and past president of the Florida Flute Association, Karl continues to serve the association as convention site manager and technology coordinator as well as in an advisory capacity.

Dr. Barton regularly performs in Thomasville and Tallahassee as a soloist, with chamber orchestras and other small ensembles, the Tallahassee Bach Parley, and the salsa-jazz group Latin Attitude.


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