Barbara   Harrington
Lecturer, Flute
School of the Arts
Division of Music
Office: 103 Buchanan Hall
Phone: 205-726-4364

Barbara Harrington has served on the faculty of Samford University in Birmingham, AL, since 2012.  In addition, she has held teaching positions at the University of Montevallo (AL), Alabama School of Fine Arts, University of Evansville (IN), and Innsbruck Music Festival in St. Louis.  She maintains a large, selective teaching studio in Birmingham, from which students consistently place into All-County, District, and State Bands, as well as All-State Orchestra, Alabama Youth Symphony, and Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra.  Her students have won or placed in competitions such as the Midsouth High School Soloists Competition, the National Society of Arts and Letters- Woodwind Competition, and the AL All State Solo Competition.  Her 2018-19 engagements include masterclass presentation at the AL School of Fine Arts Flute Day, the University of Alabama, and Auburn University.  She has worked as flute sectional instructor and clinician at many secondary schools in the greater Birmingham area, and has presented chamber music concerts in many local elementary schools and churches. 

For 10 years before becoming a full-time educator, Ms. Harrington had a successful orchestral career, holding Principal Flute positions with the Orlando Philharmonic, Evansville (IN) Philharmonic, and Owensboro (KY) Symphony, and section positions with the Saint Louis, Alabama, and Brevard (FL) Symphonies.  She has worked as a guest musician with many other orchestras, including the Indianapolis Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, and the Florida Orchestra.   While a member of the Saint Louis Symphony, Ms. Harrington appeared at Carnegie Hall on tour, and was heard on several radio broadcasts.  On scholarship, she has participated in the Aspen, Domaine Forget (Quebec, CA), and Grand Teton music festivals.

A native of New York State, Ms. Harrington holds performance degrees from New England Conservatory (B.M. 1994), Florida State University (M.M. 1998), and an M.A. in Music Education from UAB (2007).  She enjoys teaching music to all ages, from preschool to college.  She has taught Music and Movement classes at several preschools and elementary schools in the Birmingham area.  Mrs. Harrington lives in Birmingham with her husband Steve, who is a massage therapist, and two boys, ages 14 and 8, and rescue dog Daisy.


Degrees and Certifications

  • B.M. Flute Performance, New England Conservatory of Music, 1994
  • M.M. Flute Performance, Florida State University, 1998
  • M.A. Music Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2007