Terry Barham (b. 1940), Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Emporia State University, earned degrees from the University of Illinois (MS) and the University of Oklahoma (BMusEd and PhD). He has served as guest choral conductor and adjudicator at the high school and junior high/middle school levels in 15 states and has presented workshops and clinic sessions for American Choral Directors Association state and regional conventions, the Music Teachers National Association national convention and MENC state conventions in Oklahoma, Arizona, California, Kansas, and Hawaii. In 2001, he conducted the North Carolina Junior High All-state Choir.
Barham's most recent book is Strategies for Teaching Junior High and Middle School Male Singers--Master Teachers Speak, published by Santa Barbara Music. He is also co-author of The Boy's Changing Voice--New Solutions for Today's Choral Teacher, published by Warner Bros. For the past five years, he has served as conductor of the National Teacher Hall of Fame Honor Choir in Emporia, Kansas. For eight summers, he served on the faculty of the music teaching symposium, Helping Young Singers Develop, sponsored by Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He is editor of a new Santa Barbara Music Publisher series of choral music dedicated to the needs of junior high/middle school singers.
The Emporia State University A Cappella Choir, under his direction, has toured Europe four times (1989--France and England, 1992--Austria and Czechoslovakia, 1996--Spain and France, 2001--Denmark and Sweden) and was invited to sing at the Kansas Music Educators State Convention in 1989, 1991, 1993, 1999, and 2002. The choir will be touring England, Scotland, and France in the summer of 2003.
At Emporia State, Barham coordinates the annual summer Great Plains Music Education Workshops, conducts the A Cappella Choir and Community Chorus and teaches conducting and choral music education classes. He is also Associate Chair of the Department of Music.
In May 2001, Barham was one of four recipients of the Emporia Chamber of Commerce Golden Apple Award for service to community and teaching excellence.