Dr. Walter Barr holds degrees in music, Music Performance and Music Education from Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University. His post-doctoral work is from Eastman School of Music. His academic career includes teaching posts at Arizona State University, Morehead State University (KY.) The University of Colorado at Denver and the Metropolitan State College of Denver where Dr. Barr is currently a Professor Emeritus of Music.
His performance credentials include work with Henry Mancini, Dizzy Gillespie, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Lou Rawls, Mel Torme, Michelle LeGrand, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles, plus many others.
He has conducted for Wynton Marsalis, Dr. Billy Taylor, Terence Blanchard, Bobby Shew, Jon Faddis, Clare Fischer and Clark Terry