Maestro Barry Araujo Kolman
TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has become all things to all people, and concentrates on revealing information for students at all levels. One of our favorite subjects is music, and we are very fortunate to be able to introduce Maestro Barry Araujo Kolman to all of our readers. Maestro, please tell our readers about your musical education and background.
BAK- First of all, thank you for that nice introduction. I am thrilled to be interviewed by your magazine.
I knew I loved music when I was as young as 9 or 10 years old. I took up the clarinet when I was in 5th grade and decided then that I wanted to be a musician. I love to perform even at that early age but when I was 15 years old, I was already giving clarinet lessons at the corner music story in Brooklyn, New York. So I was also bitten by the teaching bug. At Midwood High School I played in the Band and the Orchestra. One of our most famous alumni was Woody Allen who went to Midwood when he was living in Brooklyn. From Midwood, I received a New York Regents Scholarship to attend the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY, one of the best music education schools in the country. There I received a good dose of teaching methods but I still kept up with the clarinet. At that time, I was studying with David Weber, principal clarinet with the New York City Ballet Orchestra. He was a big influence in my musical life. Armed with a Bachelor in Music in Music Education degree, I taught in the public schools for a while but still wanted to fulfill a dream of mine; to study with Karl Leister of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. I received a Fellowship to travel to Germany and work with Leister. It was my first time I was out of the country and really loved the experience. (more…)