Constance E Barrett

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1961 - 2013
A "musician of rare sensitivity", cellist Constance E. Barrett of Elmsford and Hope, NY, passed away December 2, 2013.

Barrett devoted her professional life to teaching strings with a particular affinity for facilitating improvisation and teaching avoidance of performance injuries. Barrett's performance credits included national television, radio performances here and abroad, including Terry George's film, Reservation Road. She was published in American String Teacher, The Bridge, American Suzuki Journal, and New York Times while at Hackley School (Tarrytown) for her work celebrating American composer, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, and contributed curriculum writing to NPR's From the Top. She presented at national conferences including ASTA, SAA, and Andover Educator's (AE) International Body Mapping, and in-service days for NYC and Baltimore Public Schools through Yamaha Corporation and VH1-Save the Music.

Barrett received the Yale University School of Music Distinguished Music Educator Award and the AE Barbara Conable Teaching Award. She held DMA, MM, and BM degrees from The Ohio State University, University of Notre Dame, and Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, and Certificates of Studies from Conservatoire Americain, Fontainebleau, France. She studied improvisation with David Darling, Mary Knysh, and Bobby McFerrin. Her cello teachers included Ruth Alsop, Karen Buranskas, William Conable, and Regina Mushabac, with post-graduate studies with Richard Aaron, Timothy Eddy, Irene Sharp, Uri Vardi and Harry Wimmer. She studied Suzuki Pedagogy with Gilda Barston, Tanya Carey, and Catherine Walker, finishing at NYC's School for Strings with Pam Devenport.

Barrett discovered the sound healing work of Fabien Maman studying at New York Open Center followed by Tama-Do Academy of Sound, Color and Movement at Domaine des Courmettes (French Alpes). She was a Music For People Certified Improvisational Music Facilitator and AE licensed Body Mapping Instructor. She performed with artists including Stephen Clapp (Juilliard School), Annie Fullard (Cavani Quartet), Hayley Wolfe (Berlin), and Grammy award winners David Darling and Glen Velez and performed in the New Year's Eve Concert for Peace at St. John the Divine Cathedral. She taught strings at Central Middle School (Greenwich CT), and cello at Kenyon College (OH), Lafayette College (PA), and Moravian Academy (PA) prior. She was a revered guest artist at Chamber Music Connection (OH) for summer festivals including CMCItalia.

An associate of Community of St. Mary, Barrett was an active Episcopalian serving as warden for St. Joseph of Arimathia, White Plains. An avid Bridge player, she was a member of ACBL.

Barrett provided an inspirational journal of her unique seventeen-year journey with breast cancer through CaringBridge. Predeceased by her father Rev. Richard E. Barrett and mother-in-law Paula Callou, Comtesse de la Motte-Thierry, Connie leaves behind her beloved husband and renowned piano-voicing specialist Marc Wienert, mother Joyce Barrett, brother Geoffrey Jade Barrett (Karen), sister Deborah Price (Tim), niece Stephanie Price, nephew Kyle Price, and extended family, students, and friends.

Memorial concerts will be held Friday, January 10, 7:00pm at Christ Church, Greenwich, CT and Saturday, January 11, 2:00pm at St. John the Divine Cathedral, NYC. Memorial contributions may be made to the Constance E. Barrett Memorial Endowment at www.cmconnection.org.
Published on NYTimes.com from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2014
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