From Rock-n-Roll to Classical, Music is in Anthony Barrese’s Soul
By Ashante Reese ’07
Every high school student complains about his teachers and classes, but how many actually do anything other than complain? Anthony Barrese, a ’97 graduate, was dissatisfied with high school and rock-n-roll music and decided to graduate a semester early to pursue private composition lessons. “I was studying things that weren’t relevant,” Anthony stated, reflecting back on his high school career.
Choosing to do so began a journey toward a successful music career. After studying composition under Robert Ceely of the New England Conservatory of Music, Anthony furthered his music endeavors at Trinity University. In the spring semester of 1996, Barrese studied abroad in Milan, Italy. “Nancy Erickson is very thorough,” Anthony remarked of Trinity’s long-time Study Abroad Counselor. “She set me up with a guy in Italy who was a music composer.” Studying in Italy was the highlight of Anthony’s undergraduate career. For anyone interested, he recommends studying abroad. He also appreciates the fact that Trinity pushes it.
Like all successful people, Anthony Barrese attributes his success in part to those who support and help him. While studying at Trinity, he found the music faculty to be extremely supportive, naming Dr. Timothy Kramer as one of the most influential people. Barrese is also confident he received “above par” musical training and gained tools to develop more. In fact, “I learned more at Trinity than in graduate school,” Barrese commented.
When asked about his musical goals, Anthony said he has already achieved his main goal, which was to conduct a new production of an opera at a big regional house before he turned 30. For the passed two years, he has served as conductor for the Sarasota Opera in Florida.
Currently, Anthony works as a freelance composer and conductor, focusing mainly on conducting. This year, he will attend the Spoleto festival in Charleston, South Carolina, serving as an assistant conductor for a production of Respighi’s La bella dormente nel bosco.