THE AUTHOR ~ SHIRLEY R. BARASCH, Ph. D.
Emerita, Shirley R. Barasch, Ph. D. - teacher-educator of singing,
poet, composer, director, and served as Chair, Conservatory of
Performing Arts; Director of Music & Fine Arts and Artistic
Director of 'The Pittsburgh Playhouse, Point Park University,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -where she created the successful, "Starmakers
Gala and the PAPA Award" raising money for the Conservatory
and University. She also served 14 years in the Education Department
as Coordinator of Student Teachers, instructor of social sciences
K-12, piano/voice classes, & curriculum methods. Along the
way, she created the Point Park Singers (now the University Singers)
and wrote words and music for the University Alma Mater. Dr.
Barasch holds degrees from The University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne
University and studied composition and voice at Chatham, Texas
Tech, CMU Universities and in New York City.
extensive body of original work includes the musicals: Alice
in Wonderland; The Emperor's Nightingale; Rapunzel; Wind in the
Willows; Robin Hood; Jubilee Journey; the plays: Little
Red Riding Good; For Professional Purposes (3 one-acts);
a Biblical Cantata: Out of This Heritage; ID- Five Songs for
Baritone; Pages of a Diary: A Song Cycle for Soprano; a String
Quartet in D (2005); Suite for Cello with Flute and Clarinet
(2006-7); A Brass Quartet (2010); A Lyrical Piece for Flute &
Piano(2010); Bassoon on the Moon [Solo Bassoon, 2011]; Fantasy
for Piano (2011); two short stories: The Chocolate Bar(1st
Prize -2008) and The Library Card; and over 200 poems and
songs. Her music drama, Mary Shelley and Her Frankenstein,
premiered November 12, 2008. A memoir: For Professional Purposes,
an artistic journey is available on Amazon.com. Among her awards
are: recognition for her appearance in the Warner Cable Television
Award Winning "The Value of Music-Movement in Early Childhood
Education"; the "Performing Arts Partnership Award"
for contributions to the arts; selection as Guest Poet for Taproot
Literary Journal, Vol. 12/2010- The Word Tree; 17 ASCAP awards
and many poetry prizes. Now retired, she lives in Mt. Lebanon,
PA writing, composing and teaching voice in her home studio.
Students often call her for an emergency voice lesson on Skype!