Discipline: Music Composition

Barbara Kolb

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Providence, RI
MacDowell Fellowships: 1968, 1969, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1980, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2008

Barbara Kolb is an American composer and talented clarinetist from Hartford, Connecticut. She received her B.M., cum laude, and M.M. degrees from the Hartt College of Music at the University of Hartford. She then relocated to Vienna on a Fulbright Fellowship grant and became the first female American composer to win the Rome Prize in 1969. Kolb later became artistic director of contemporary music at the Third Street Music School Settlement. She taught at Rhode Island College, and Eastman School of Music.


Irving Fine

Barbara Kolb worked in the Irving Fine studio.

Youngstown Studio was given to MacDowell by friends of Miss Myra McKeown in Youngstown, OH, where she promoted both art and music. It was renamed Irving Fine Studio in 1972 in honor of Irving Fine, a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher who was a MacDowell Fellow during the 1940s and 1950s. The simple interior of the studio…

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